Your Furnace Has a Filter – Why You Should Change It
- Categories: Energy Savings, Heating, Indoor Air Quality, Ravinia Plumbing, Safety Tips
- Date: January 16, 2018
All furnace units have filters, which need to be replaced on a regular basis. Below are a few reasons you should ensure this takes place as regularly as recommended by your installation and maintenance technician.
Enjoy better air quality
Research performed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has shown that the air we breathe indoors can be up to five times more polluted than any air that is breathed outside. Furnaces are supplied with filter units to help reduce the amount of dirt, grime, dust and potential allergens that usually circulate throughout a home.
Regardless of how clean your home may be inside, there are still millions of pollen, mold, dust and pet dander spores that will be present. Keeping your furnace filter clean and changing it regularly will reduce these – and numerous other – irritants from accumulating in your home. This will ensure that your family is as healthy and comfortable as possible while spending time indoors.
When your furnace filter is clogged or dirty, it results in the unit having to work harder than necessary to produce sufficient heat in winter or cooler air in summer to keep your family comfortable indoors. This causes your energy bill to rise unnecessarily. It has been reported by the Department of Energy that when a furnace air filter is changed at recommended intervals, it can help save anywhere from 5% to 15% on your energy bill. In most cases, it is recommended that the filter be replaced monthly.
Extend the life of your furnace
As with any other form of machinery or appliance, performing regular maintenance such as replacing filters on your furnace will ensure that you are able to extend its lifespan as much as possible. Failure to replace the filter at prescribed intervals will cause dirt to accumulate in all of the working parts and cause it to malfunction or overheat. This will result in the unit having to be replaced sooner than necessary.
Symptoms Indicating that it’s Time to Replace Your Furnace Air Filter
One of the most common signs that your furnace air filter needs replacement is when your home starts smelling dusty or even moldy. Have you noticed that there seems to be a lot more dust than usual in your home, even after cleaning? It is an indication that this filter is clogged as well. If you or any of your family members seem to be suffering from itchy, watery eyes or are coughing and sneezing more than usual, it is time to replace your furnace air filter as well.
If you are looking for a furnace technician that is reliable, experienced and accredited, we will be able to assist you. Our company has been in business for many years and has become well-known throughout Chicago for providing the best level of customer service possible. Give us a call today if you would like to find out more about how your furnace works or you would like to schedule a maintenance inspection.
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