Hopefully, you got your fill of tricks and treats over the weekend! However, we were wondering if you still had room for one more (a treat, that is!) See, while candy and other goodies are certainly yummy, a brand new air filter for your furnace is the best treat of all!
There are plenty of reasons to change your air filter on a regular basis (every 1-3 months), and below, we have listed some of these reasons for you. So, what are you waiting for? All you’ve got to do is keep reading to find out more (oh, and of course, remember to call us when you need heating services in Snellville, GA.)
What Does an Air Filter Do?
There is a lot of debris that circulates throughout your home and ultimately ends up in your ductwork. If that debris enters your forced-air heater, it has the potential to cause some significant damage. The air filter exists to prevent dirt and debris from entering the heater itself.
The reason we change our filters is that they are unable to rid themselves of the particles they collect. If they become too clogged, airflow in and out of the heater becomes restricted, leading to all sorts of other problems. So, be sure to change your air filter every 1–3 months during the heating season!
What Can Happen If I Don’t Change My Filter?
Here’s what can happen if you don’t change yours.
When your heater struggles to circulate air throughout your home, it becomes significantly less efficient. A dirty filter is going to create more airflow resistance than normal.
In addition, a dirty air filter can cause the system to short-cycle. This is an industry term that describes when your heater keeps turning itself on and off over and over throughout the day. Not only is short-cycling extremely inefficient, but it also places a ton of strain on the system, leading to sky-high energy bills and costly repairs.
Increased Repair Needs
When your system has to work harder than it normally does, there is an increased risk of wear and tear. This will lead to operational problems and eventually a breakdown. Obviously, you do not want to be stuck dealing with costly repairs and untimely replacements. Changing your air filter is simple and easy … dealing with a full system breakdown is not.
Decreased Indoor Air Quality
Although the air filter is ultimately put in place to protect your heater, it does have some positive impacts on your health. When the air filter is thickly congested, air may be forced around the filter, and when this happens, it will be distributed into your house! This decreases your indoor air quality and can lead to some significant health issues for you and your family.
Call in a Professional For Help!
If you are unsure where your air filter is located or how to change it, call in a professional HVAC technician to show you the ropes. Any reputable HVAC professional will be happy to help you!
For all your heating needs this season, contact Snellville Heating, Air and Plumbing.