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Time to change that furnace filter

Does your furnace filter look like this?

 

 

 

 

Yes?  Then it is  ready to be changed.  September is a great time to start the 3 month cycle for changing your furnace filter.  Here are some things that can come up if you have a dirty furnace filter.

Air Quality

  • According to the Furnace Filter Care website, the average person breathes in more than 18,000 liters of air each day that can contain more than a billion dust particles. Excessive dust in the air in your home can have health repercussions, especially in people with asthma or allergy problems. A clean filter will take out far more of these particles and other debris than a dirty filter can. If you do not change your air filter when it gets dirty, more dust and debris will continue to circulate through your home. Imagine running a vacuum cleaner in the house with a hole in the bag. Running your furnace with a dirty filter is similar, in that there is nothing to stop the dust being collected by the machine from re-entering the environment.

Energy Efficiency

  • A furnace needs to be kept clean to maintain peak efficiency. If your furnace filter is dirty, it can cause dust and dirt to collect in the condensation on the unit and make it even dirtier. When a system is not clean, it is less efficient, and this can make your utility bills rise. Since your HVAC system consumes a large portion of your monthly electrical wattage, it is important to ensure that the system is running as efficiently as possible. Keeping it clean will also decrease the likelihood of costly repairs.

  1. Overheating and Fires

    • Dirty air filters can be very dangerous in some cases. When a furnace air filter becomes clogged, it means the amount of air that circulates through the intake is restricted. Furnaces are designed to maintain safe operating temperatures, and part of the cooling they rely on is from the free flow of air through the intake. When this air is choked off, the system can overheat. Excessive heat has been linked to fires under these circumstances. A fire caused by the furnace could result in expensive cleanup and repairs, total loss of a home or even injury or death for you or family members.

    Poor Airflow

    • When dirty air filters restrict the flow of air into the furnace at the intake, they also affects the air pressure available to the rest of the house. When the air is reheated and sent back out through the ducts, it may not be strong enough to circulate to the hardest-to-reach areas. Rooms that are the farthest away from the fan may not receive heated air at all, or at least not enough to warm the room properly. Depending on the placement of the thermostat, this could also prevent the system from turning off at the appropriate time and may cause uneven heating to be more obvious.

If your furnace filter looks like this, click the “contact” button on the right and let Screw Loose? LLC assist you with proactive measures to maintain the longevity of your furnace.
Thanks for your time, I hope this helps………………………………..

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