Even on the nicest days in winter, you know the temperatures will soon tumble to the teens and below, leaving you shivering in your tracks. Having a warm home isn’t just for comfort, it’s for necessity.
While manufacturers will tell you their furnaces will have a lifespan of 15 to 30 years, it’s also important to remember that the equipment degrades the older it gets. It’s a slow process, one that can take months – years to go from a little noise to a full-blown failure. You might notice a rattle or a clunk. You ignore it. And suddenly, it’s an emergency.
One of the furnace parts that can cause problems is a furnace filter. Replacing furnace filters is easy – buy a new one, and they slide right in. But you have to do it.
There are many reasons you should consider replacing your furnace filter regularly:
Lower energy bills – furnace filters are responsible for removing dust, pollen, pet dander, and other pollutants from the air supply before entering the HVAC system. Replacing furnace filters regularly helps keep the furnace operating more efficiently. If it’s not clogged with dust or debris, it pulls air into the system and releases it back into your rooms effortlessly.
Improved indoor air quality – dirty furnace filters don’t just impact the furnace equipment, they also affect your health. With a clogged air filter, allergens, dust particles, and other contaminants are released into the air supply that you breathe. Over time, it can aggravate allergies and other respiratory conditions.
Longer lifespan of the furnace equipment – when you first install your furnace, you might have been sold on the longevity of the equipment. The installer told you it could last 15, 20, 25 years or longer. In order to ensure a long life, it’s important to care for your equipment throughout its life. That means annual maintenance, fixing issues quickly, and replacing your furnace filters timely. It’s the easiest way to keep your equipment in the best possible condition.
Is it time to replace your furnace filter?
Not sure if your furnace needs a new filter? Just look for the indicators.
Do you notice more dust in the air?
Do you notice dust around the vents?
Have you been coughing more than usual?
Do you smell a musty odor in your home?
If the answer is yes, it’s time to replace your furnace filter. Have additional questions? Just ask.