With November’s arrival, people start to seriously think about the winter months ahead. And just like you make sure your car is winter road-ready, you should start to prepare your home for the colder months ahead. An area that frequently gets neglected is, unfortunately, the home comfort system. One very important – yet very simple – measure you can take during the winter to ensure it’s running its best? Change your filter!
Here are five reasons you should change your filter often:
System Efficiency: It only stands to reason that your furnace will have to work harder if the airflow is impeded. A dirty filter will keep air from flowing freely, and the air flowing through your system will likely be dirty. And that makes your furnace operate at lower efficiency – costing you more on your energy bills.
Smokers in the House: If you have smokers in your house, you should change your furnace filter more often. Cigarette odors and some of the leftover contaminants from smoking linger in your filter. If your filter is clogged with them, the air that circulates through your home will be filled with them too.
Fur Babies: When you have pets, you already know that their fur goes virtually everywhere. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that dog and cat hair also can end up in your HVAC system. A good air filter helps to keep the fur at bay, but once it gets full – usually in about a month – it needs to be changed.
Allergy Sufferers: Having clean air to breathe is important for everyone, but for allergy sufferers or those with respiratory concerns, it’s a vital necessity. As a result, making sure your furnace filter as changed as soon as it is dirty can help you keep fresher air circulating in your home this winter.
Furnace Performance: It’s simple – a furnace with a clean filter just runs better than one without. The Department of Energy (DOE) says changing your furnace filter once a month is important – it’s part of the maintenance routine that will keep your furnace operating at top performance this winter, and for years to come.
Need help with your filter change? Call Family Danz.
As you can see, a simple filter change can keep the air in your home cleaner, helping you avoid health concerns and furnace issues. Not sure how to do it? Just give Family Danz a call, and we’ll be happy to show you how, or change your filters for you. Simply call us at (518) 427-8685. We will be more than happy to assist you.