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Why It’s Important to Clean Your Furnace Filters

Why It’s Important to Clean Your Furnace Filters

When you become a homeowner, there are tons of things to keep track of and maintain when it comes to the function of your house. We’re here to remind you of one that can be easy to forget – cleaning your furnace filters!

As time elapses, your HVAC system will collect dust and other debris (just like other appliances and systems in your home). This means that if not attended to, this dust and debris slowly makes its way into the air in your home – and no one wants that!

In addition to unwanted particles in the air, cleaning your furnace filters can be beneficial for several other reasons.

Save, Save, Save!

Leaving dirty furnace filters has a negative trickle-down effect that you don’t want to happen. If you leave your furnace filters un-cleaned, the dust and dirt might damage other parts of your HVAC system.

When this happens, extensive maintenance or even a full replacement might be needed…and that means a lot of money being spent. Who doesn’t like saving money? Change your furnace filters regularly = save money!

Another way to save is to lower your utility bills. When your furnace is using more energy, your bills go up. An unclean furnace will be working harder – often leading to much more energy consumption. In addition, furnaces have sensors that may not work effectively when there is a build-up of dust and dirt. When furnace filters are clean, the system will run much smoother.  

Breathe in Cleaner Air

As dust and dirt build-up, it is slowly polluting the air in your home. That means that you and your family are breathing this air day in and day out, usually without knowing it. Unclean air can cause allergies to flare up and can irritate your breathing/respiratory system overall.

To protect yourself and your family from these negative effects of unclean air, remember to simply change/clean the filters in your furnace. Also, replace them when needed. Your air will stay clean, and you will breathe easier!

Protect Your Furnace

An unclean furnace will work much harder than one that is maintained and cleaned regularly. Because it has to work harder, it will have much more wear and tear and won’t last as long. It may also use more energy, and the air in your home won’t circulate the way it should.

If it breaks down sooner than it should, that’s money out of your pocket to replace it. To prevent this type of accelerated wear and tear, all you have to do is ensure it’s maintained! This means cleaning/replacing the furnace filters, keeping an eye on your thermostat, and getting regular maintenance checks done when needed.

Be a Friend to the Environment

For environmentally conscious consumers, an eco-friendly home is a must. Small changes around your home can make a big difference when it comes to protecting the environment. A few things you can do, along with cleaning your furnace filters, are turning down your thermostat when possible, shutting off/unplugging appliances when not in use, and so on.

Remember, anything working harder in your home is using more power. Do your part to reduce energy consumption and you’ll be able to actively reduce your carbon footprint.

Furnace maintenance is a very important part of home ownership. Stay on top of your filter cleaning and replacements and get regular furnace checks from the professionals! Your furnace will last longer, and you’ll be breathing much cleaner air.