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5 Reasons That You Need To Change Your Furnace Filter

Posted by Bonnie Bornstein Fertel on Wed, Dec 09, 2015 @ 08:29 AM


Change_your_furnace_filter_monthly.jpegWhen's the last time you changed the filter in your forced air furnace?

Changing your furnace filter is important for many reasons. 

One might think we're hounding you...Making a mountain out of a molehill...Suggesting something totally unnecessary...NOT TRUE!

There are specific reasons that it's important to perform a filter change for your furnace. 

 

5 reasons that you need to change your furnace filter: 

    1. Improve the air quality in your home or office: Remove particulates from the air. (This information provided by the Pima County, Arizona EPA)
      1. What are particulates? There are impurities in the air of your home that are caused by smoke, dust and dirt from factories, mold spores and pollen, toxic organic compounds, and heavy metals. They can range in size from anywhere between 25 and 100 times thinner than a strand of human hair.
      2. How are they made? The crushing and grinding of rocks, for quarries, building projects, and manufacturing companies create these by-product coarse particulates. The simple driving of an automobile, burning of trees or leaves, or smelting of metals create fine particulates. 
      3. How long do the particulates remain in the air? Larger particulates can stay in the air for many minutes or several hours; however small particulates can remain in the air for days or weeks and can travel a distance of 30 miles or more. (The smallest of particulates can travel farther!)
      4. How do particulates get into our body? Good question! When you breathe in you take whatever is in the air into your respiratory system. The truth of the matter is, if you don't have a good filtration system in your home or office your lungs become the filter. This is not a good thing!  Here's some information on a Trane Clean Effects electronic air cleaner. This product is a lifesaver for homes with forced air systems. 
    2. Improve the performance of your furnace. 
      1. Furnace manufacturers  suggest your change your furnace filter at a minimum, every 3 months, however this is not a steadfast rule. If you have cats, or someone smokes in your house you'll need to change your filter every month. (At Bornstein Sons, we suggest you learn how to change your furnace filter and change it the same time each month. It's an easy task and the results are 100% beneficial. -- Ask our technician next time you schedule heating service or maintenance in our local NJ service area.)
      2. Simply put: A blocked furnace filter causes your furnace to strain and work harder. Ultimately if air cannot flow through a filter the furnace quits. (That's the simple explanation) So obviously, you need to keep your filter clean.
    3. Extend the life of your furnace. Studies show that regular maintenance of your forced air (warm air) furnace will extend the life of the costly heating equipment you've paid to have installed in your home or office. 
      1. Better maintenance=Extended lifespan of your furnace.
    4. Increase Efficiency. Increased airflow makes your furnace work better. Your furnace loses a percentage of the efficiency it boasted when it was originally installed.
      1. Maintaining your furnace properly will improve the efficiency.  You should schedule furnace maintenance annuallySchedule a furnace tune-up with your local heating contractor today.
    5. Avoid system breakdowns. And...save money.  It makes the most sense to be prudent when it comes to annual maintenance. Changing your furnace filter regularly ranks high on the list of regular tasks that are easy enough for a homeowner or business owner to do. It should be #1 on your to-do list. And, while we service companies love to visit your home and office, a resulting "no heat" call due to a blocked filter is one of the service calls that rank high on our schedule. 

 


In conclusion:

The most important takeaway should be that spending a few minutes on a regular basis performing the easy task of changiing your furnace filter is the first step in protecting your health and avoiding those emergency service calls on a freezing cold winter night because your blocked filter has caused your furnace to shut down.

If you're a seasoned DIYer, be sure you replace your furnace filter withe the appropriately sized filter, and be sure the filter door is closed securely! 

Need service in our regular northern NJ service area? Maybe it's time for a furnace tune-up?

Schedule An Annual Heating Maintenane Tune-Up

 



 

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