Have you had “check the furnace filter” on your to-do-list for weeks or even months? While it can be a nagging chore, it is one that will be worth your time in the long run.
Changing the air filter in your furnace is usually a simple and inexpensive task that is critical to maintaining the performance of your HVAC system between regular tune-up appointments. Most importantly, it is a major contributor to the overall air quality in your home. A clogged air filter could create a variety of airflow and comfort issues including increased energy consumption (higher heating bills), substandard heating throughout your home, unhealthy air quality in your living spaces and even the complete failure of your heating system. A clean filter will keep dust and dirt from building up in the system preventing expensive maintenance and/or untimely component or system failure.
The question of how often you should replace your air filter depends on a variety of factors. The type of filter your system requires, the number of people living in your home, the presence of indoor pets and whether there is construction or other external influencers near your home contributing to your indoor air quality should be taken into consideration.
As a general rule, our ACE-certified service technicians recommend checking your filter monthly, especially during the winter season. If the filter is dirty, you should replace it. Additionally, if you have pets in your home, consider switching out your filter more often as a result of pet dander. And if you have someone in the home that suffers from allergies or asthma, replacing your air filter more frequently will help to ease those symptoms. At a minimum, you should change the filter every three months.
Changing out your air filter is a fairly simple job that many homeowners choose to handle on their own. In many cases, the difficulty comes in recognizing the importance of the task and making it a priority.
Here are general guidelines to use when you encounter a dirty air filter that needs to be replaced:
Air filter replacement is included with regular tune-ups and certain membership plans with A-Plus. Mark this task off of your to-do-list today by calling the Experts at 301-747-3140 or scheduling an appointment online.
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