Christmas is just two days away, and if you haven’t gotten your furnace a present yet, we’ve got the perfect idea for you.
Your furnace told us that what it would really like for Christmas this year is a new air filter.
See, your air filter plays a vital role in the overall efficiency and performance of your heater, so it is important that you replace it on a regular basis. Don’t believe us? Well keep reading below and we’ll tell you why replacing your air filter is so important.
Here’s What an Air Filter Does
There is a lot of debris that circulates throughout your home and ultimately ends up in your ductwork. If the debris enters your forced-air heater, it has the potential to cause some significant damage. The air filter exists to prevent dirt and debris from entering the heater itself.
The reason we change our filters is that they are unable to rid themselves of the particles they collect. If they become too clogged, airflow in and out of the heater is restricted, causing problems. Be sure to change your air filter every 1–3 months during the heating season.
Here’s what can happen if you don’t change yours:
When your heater struggles to circulate air throughout your home, it becomes significantly less efficient. A dirty filter is going to create more airflow resistance than normal.
In addition, a dirty air filter can cause the system to short-cycle. This is an industry term that describes when your heater keeps turning itself on and off over and over throughout the day. Not only is short-cycling extremely inefficient, but it also places a ton strain on the system, leading to sky-high energy bills and costly repairs.
Increased Repair Needs
When your system has to work harder than it normally does, 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 replacements. 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 thickly congested, air may be forced around the filter, and when this happens, it will be distributed into your house! This, in turn, leads to coughing, sneezing, and wheezing! Yuck!
Ask a Professional for Help!
If you are having trouble changing your air filter, or even locating it, don’t be afraid to ask your local HVAC contractor in Colorado Springs, CO for help! Trust us, any reputable contractor will be willing to help you with whatever it is you may need. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get you a new air filter!
Schedule your heating services with the team at Peak Home Performance today!