One of the most important steps you can take to ensure a long and healthy life for your furnace (and air conditioner) is simple and cost effective: Regularly change your HVAC filter, paying particular attention throughout seasons of high use.
Yes, it really is that simple. As proof, most HVAC experts agree that a dirty filter is the primary contributor to furnace failures. Changing out the filter is a task that’s so easy for homeowners to do, and it doesn’t require a huge investment on your part. Simply stock up on filters before the heating season begins, and then implement a reminder system.
Find out exactly why changing your HVAC filter should take precedence:
- A clean system is an efficient system. Manufacturers design furnaces to operate efficiently when the filter’s clean. A dirty filter ensures undesirable operations. A full filter allows dirt to bypass it, entering the furnace’s internal components where it wreaks havoc. A full filter also restricts airflow critical to a well-functioning furnace, increasing energy consumption.
- A clean system bypasses unnecessary repairs. Dirt build-up inside your furnace creates friction on the motor, increasing wear and tear that may lead to repairs that could otherwise be avoided.
- A clean system increases energy savings. When the furnace operates efficiently without having to compensate for dirt build-up, you’ll save energy — and money.
Of course, you won’t gain any of these advantages if changing the HVAC filter is the only maintenance step you take. You’ll also need to have preventive maintenance performed annually.
Make changing the HVAC filter easy to remember to do by:
- Installing a programmable thermostat that features a filter-change reminder. Once a certain number of operating hours pass, the reminder is activated.
- Using an air filter change indicator, which attaches to the blower and senses increased pressure from a filter that’s dirty.
- Setting a calendar reminder on your home computer or smartphone to check the filter monthly.
Change the HVAC filter regularly this winter season to promote a healthy furnace system. For more information, contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We proudly serve homeowners throughout Grand Traverse County and the surrounding areas.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about HVAC filters and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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