Our guess is that you probably haven’t thought much about your furnace since you turned it on. If things seem fine, why worry about it, right? Well, we’re here to tell you that you should be thinking about your furnace, at least a little bit. Keeping your furnace running smoothly depends on YOU remembering to change out its air filter regularly.
Your HVAC system’s air filter plays a huge role in overall efficiency and operation, so it’s important to tend to it. In fact, there are plenty of reasons not to forget to swap out your air filter. Below we have outlined several.
Let’s Start with the Basics
You might wonder why your furnace’s air filter is so important and why we keep going on and on about it. To start, there is a whole lot of dust, dirt, and debris that circulates throughout your home. (It’s pretty gross, but all homes have it!) Ultimately, this debris will end up in the ductwork of your HVAC system, and without an air filter, it would make its way into the heater, which is NOT a good thing. When debris enters your system, it has the potential to cause some serious damage–that’s why we change our air filters every 1 to 3 months!
Here are a few more reasons to change your air filter on a regular basis:
When your heater struggles to circulate air throughout your home, it becomes significantly less efficient. Additionally, a dirty air filter can cause your system to short cycle, which means the heater turns on and off over and over again without ever completing a full heat cycle. Not only is this extremely inefficient, but it also places a ton of strain on the system itself, leading to costly repairs and sky-high energy bills.
Increased Repair Needs
When your system has to work harder than normal, 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 a replacement! 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 very dirty, air may be forced around the filter. When this happens, it will be distributed into your house! This, in turn, decreases your indoor air quality and can lead to significant health issues for you and your family.
What Are You Waiting For?
If you haven’t changed out your air filter yet this winter, do so now! And if you are unsure where the air filter is located or how to change it, call a certified HVAC professional for help. Trust us, any reputable pro will be happy to assist you with your furnace in Everett, WA.
Schedule your heating services with the team at G & S Heating, Cooling & Electric today.