One of the simplest things you can do to save your money and time while keeping your home at a comfortable temperature is to regularly change or clean the furnace filter.

When was the last time you changed the furnace filter? Having a clean furnace filter is important for the health of your home heating system. So make sure you check your furnace every month and clean the filter frequently.

What’s the Role of a Furnace Filter?

Homeowners often neglect the furnace filter for months on end. This can not only reduce the efficiency of your furnace but can also cause a wide range of problems. The furnace is responsible to pump heated air throughout the house and the furnace filters are responsible to keep that air clean. Without a clean furnace filter, the indoor air quality will reduce drastically and you can see dust and particles floating in the air.

Moreover, apart from reducing the indoor air quality, dirty air filters can also cause the furnace to overheat. This can lead to a number of expensive heating issues. So if you want to improve the air quality, heat your home efficiently, and prevent your furnace from breaking down unexpectedly, make sure to replace the filters as often as possible.

Reasons Why You Should Replace Dirty Air Filters

Here are a few reasons why you should replace your furnace filter often.

  • Dirty air filters make an inefficient system

    If your furnace is not able to maintain the temperature of the house, there are high chances that the filters are logged. It is important to replace the filters to make sure your furnace is running as efficiently as possible.

    When the filters are clogged with dust, debris, and contaminants, they make the furnace work harder. This increases your energy bills and drains your budget. Changing the filters is a simple and quick alternative.

  • Poor Indoor Air Quality

    Dirty air filters allow dust, contaminants, and dander to keep circulating through the home. This can drastically decrease your indoor air quality. This can lead to allergies, asthma, or other respiratory concerns. A clean furnace filter is recommended to trap these contaminants so that you and your loved ones stay safe.

  • Harm the Furnace

    Clogged air filters often make the furnace work harder resulting in increased energy bills as well as reducing the life span of the system. The system can overheat and burn out leading to premature failure of the system.

    Clogged air filters are one of the reasons why people call us when their furnace stops working in the middle of the night. Instead of replacing your system, you should opt to change the air filters often.

  • Increased Maintenance Cost

    Clogged air filters not only lead to system failure in the long run but can lead to costly maintenance services. The blower can stop working unexpectedly. The ductwork needs to be cleaned regularly due to dusty air circulating in the house.

    So instead of spending your money on costly repairs, you should invest your time and money in changing the filters at regular intervals.

  • Healthier Air Quality

    The purpose of furnace filters is to keep the dust particles, pollen, bacteria, and other contaminants out of the air you breathe in. When the filter is clogged, it is unable to perform its primary function. Moreover, bad air quality can be trouble for those with a compromised immune system.

How Often Should The Furnace Filter Be Changed?

This is one of the most commonly asked questions. However, the frequency to change the air filter depends on your furnace, but it is recommended to change the filter every 2 months during winters.

If you have a reusable filter, clean it every few weeks. Moreover, if you have pets or people who suffer from asthma at home, you should change the filters more often.

Benefits of HVAC Preventative Maintenance Services

Various government agencies such as the EPA recommend having maintenance done on your equipment every year.

Regular maintenance is also required to validate your Manufacturer’s Warranty. A tune-up on your A/C in the spring and your furnace in the fall is key to retaining a working and efficient unit.

  • Increased energy efficiency
  • Fewer repair needed
  • Saves you money on utility bills
  • Longer equipment lifespan

Often HVAC problems we encounter are the result of insufficient or improper maintenance. Your system needs to have adequate airflow to function properly. Something as simple as a dirty filter can cause your motor to work harder to circulate the air and may cause premature failure of many different parts.

A lack of proper maintenance can cause a variety of problems up to and including overheating or at worse cracked heat exchangers. Many of these issues not only will decrease efficiency but can potentially be harmful if there is a carbon monoxide leak.

We Have Got Your Back!

Lee’s provides furnace cleaning services throughout the entire Wasatch front in Utah, with offices in Salt Lake City, servicing the entire Salt Lake Valley and beyond. Appointments can be made to fit within your busy schedule.

Need general furnace services or just want an estimate? Call Lee’s Heating and Air at 801-467-1561.