Summer is just starting to kick into high gear but make sure you take preventive measures with your furnace by checking your filters regularly. Your filters are just as important for your furnace when you are running your central air as when you are running your heat. If you are like most people, you probably do not give your furnace much thought as long as it’s keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. One easy way to keep up with this maintenance is to check your filters once a month and replace them at least every three months. Set a reminder on your phone or place a note on your refrigerator so you don’t forget.
Why should you worry about the filters on your furnace? Here are the top reasons you should maintain a regular maintenance schedule.
Clean systems will make your furnace last longer
As you run your furnace, whether heating or cooling, dirt accumulates in the filter and it will accumulate even faster during peak use. When filters become clogged with dirt, the air can’t pass through easily, making the system work harder, causing overheating.
Overheating the system can cause serious damage and could even result in needing to replace the furnace.
Helps to reduce energy costs
On average the household spends over $2,200 a year on its energy bill. When you consistently change your air filter, you can save anywhere from 5-15% on your utility costs. Maintaining your furnace by replacing the filters regularly, your system is going to operate efficiently and keep your energy costs more reasonable and within your budget. If you are not checking your filters regularly and they are getting clogged and full of dirt, they are going to cause your furnace to not operate efficiently or effectively causing your energy costs to be higher.
Poor indoor air quality can cause symptoms such as eye irritation, sneezing, and respiratory problems. People who suffer from asthma and allergies are significantly affected by poor indoor air quality. Changing the air filter in your furnace regularly will prevent dust, dirt, mold spores, allergens, and pet dander from building up in the air inside your home.
Replacing your filters is an easy, inexpensive step to take to save money, extend the life of your furnace and improve your indoor air quality. It also decreases the amount of energy your house uses.