We do a lot in our homes to keep up their value. And, we also do a lot just to make sure it’s a comfortable, healthy, safe place for our family!
A simple, yet critical way to protect your home’s value is to perform regular maintenance on your HVAC system. In turn, that can help you avoid preventable furnace repairs and, in the long run, it helps your system last longer.
Who wouldn’t want to do that? Yes, not every issue is avoidable, but many furnace issues can be avoided by doing your best to maintain your system and to operate your system as efficiently as you can.
When we come to your building or house, we’re taking steps to prevent future issues and we’re making sure there are no signs of issues that can put your building at risk at present. (Not to mention that tune-up also ensures the safety of the people at your workplace/home, too.)
Doing Your Part to Change Out Your Air Filters
On your end, part of that ongoing maintenance piece includes your air filter, and changing it out regularly.
Not using the right filter and not changing out your air filters as frequently as you should is one of the biggest mistakes you can make for the longevity of your heating and cooling system. Translation: when you don’t change out your air filters, you can face higher energy costs, you can do damage to the equipment itself, and you are negatively impacting the indoor air quality of your space.
Indoor Air Quality & Air Filters: The Connection
If and when your filter is dirty, it can lead to excess growth of bacteria and mold. And, with less air circulation, you will have more air pollutants in your home or office building. As said, that can and will negatively impact air quality (and comfort) and even your health.
With a dirty air filter, your system is forced to work harder and the unnecessary strain on your HVAC can reduce its longevity. That also decreases efficiency and can increase your energy bill, in the short-term and of course in the long-term!
The takeaway is this: to stay as comfortable as possible—while protecting your HVAC throughout the winter—change your system’s air filters as needed throughout the year.
When to Change Your Air Filters
You want to change your air filters to maximize your HVAC’s efficiency but also you don’t want to waste money by doing it too soon.
General guidelines for when to do so:
- For small apartments/condos or single occupant without a pet: Twice a year, unless we told you otherwise.
- Office setting: this can really vary, but an average, every two months.
- Typical home with 1 pet: at least every 90 days, or more often if we told you so.
Anytime you have a pet or someone with allergies, we recommend changing the air filter out every 20-60 days, at minimum.
Let the Experts Help Guide You
Again, always go with what we tell you when we’re at your residence or office building. Factors like kids with allergies, newborns, pets, and other issues (like outside construction or other sources of increased pollutants in the air, etc.) can alter our recommendation for you.
Also be sure you are using the right sized air filter. Too small of an air filter can mean dirty air and particles go right through it, so it can lack in effectiveness. A filter that’s too big will not work the right way with your system. Ask us is you have questions about proper sizing.
All in all, air filters are the top way to consistently eliminate mold, pollen, spores and other contaminants throughout your home or office. Good air filters keep your space cleaner, keep people more comfortable, and they keep your family members or colleagues as healthy as possible.
Furnace Repair or Furnace Service?
Whether or not you’ve been able to change out your air filters on schedule, we’re here to help you with all your furnace needs: install, repair, or service.
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With over 60 years of experience, our highly trained technicians bring our special brand of expertise and customer service to every job we perform. Schedule service online or give us a call at 859-491-4915 for 24-hour emergency heating and AC repair and service.