4 Benefits of Changing Your Furnace Filter
- Better Indoor Air Quality
Your furnace filter is responsible for trapping all of the particles floating around in the air in your home before it recirculates that air back to you. We’re talking things like dust, dirt, pet dander and dust mites. Not only are those things gross to think about, but they can also cause major problems for people with allergies or asthma. When your filter is dirty, those particles start to recirculate through your HVAC system and into your home, but a clean filter means clean air and clean air means everyone can breathe easier.
- Bigger Savings
Not only does a clean filter mean cleaner air, it also means a cleaner furnace. That may not seem terribly important to you, but it should be. Here’s why: When the dust and dirt that your filter should be catching collects in your furnace, it becomes less efficient. This causes the system to work harder to continue heating and circulating your air. That means more energy consumption, which translates to higher utility bills for you. That extra work can also cause wear on your HVAC system which can lead to costly repairs. Changing your air filter is a really easy, inexpensive way to avoid much more expensive problems.
- A Warmer House
Wait, isn’t that what the furnace is supposed to do anyway? Well, yes. But a dirty filter can restrict air flow and pressure. That means that the rooms in your home furthest from your furnace may get little to no heated air. Not only is that uncomfortable, but it may also lead to running your furnace much more often that you would need to otherwise, which again, leads to higher utility bills and the potential for repairs.
- A Safer Family
Dirty filters can actually be a fire hazard. When air can’t flow freely through your HVAC system, it can overheat. Best case scenario, you put a lot of extra stress on the system. As we’ve discussed, that costs money. Worst case scenario, that overheating can actually lead to a fire. No one wants to think that something as simple as a new HVAC filter could’ve saved their home or even the life of a loved one.
Regularly changing your furnace filter is an easy, cost effective way to keep your home, your family and your wallet happier and healthier.