Why a Dirty Filter Is a Big Problem

One of the most common mistakes we see in homes is a general underestimation of the importance of changing your furnace filter. If you really want to get the most from your furnace, you need to change your air filter. Typically, this is every one to three months based on your household environment. We suggest that you err on the side of caution and do it on the more frequently. 

Why a Dirty Filter Is a Big Problem

The harder something is to do, the more energy it takes to do it. 

Basically, the problem with a dirty air filter is that it makes it harder for your furnace to force heated air throughout your home. Consider the following symptoms, and you’ll get a pretty clear picture of why you really want to keep your filter fresh!

  • Reduced energy efficiency. The efficiency with which your furnace heats your home is going to be one of the first casualties when its filter gets too dirty. It is harder for the furnace to force air through the filter when the filter is dirty, so it uses more energy in doing so. That drives up your heating costs.
  • Increased risk of damages. Your heater is not just going to suffer in terms of efficiency when its filter is too dirty. You’re actually putting it at risk of damage. The system may begin to short cycle as it overheats from overexertion. Not only will this starting and stopping really start to decimate overall energy efficiency, but the strain that it puts on the system will also make a breakdown more likely! And breakdowns usually happen at the time you really need it working.
  • Reduced performance quality. Paying too much to heat your home is frustrating enough. It is even more frustrating, though, when you are paying more for a lesser performance! You deserve a lot better than that, and all you need to do is change that filter to get it!

If you want to prolong the life of your furnace and air conditioner, have less costly repairs over the life of the system, and pay less on your energy bills regularly: change your filter!!


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