Changing Your Furnace Filter Regularly Will Help Improve Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality

Changing the furnace filters on your heating system can do many things for a home — as well as for the furnace system itself. It can improve the air quality within the house, and it can increase the efficiency of the furnace, too. During the heating season, you’ll want to check the state of your furnace filter once a month.

There are many different types of furnace filters on the market, and which one you choose will determine how often it will need to be changed. The less expensive filters will generally need to be changed once a month. Disposable fiberglass panel filters need to be changed every 1-3 months, while higher quality, pleated filters last 3-6 months. High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters last even longer.

What will happen if you don’t change the furnace filter? If you let your furnace filter get too full, you will see a decline in your home’s indoor air quality. Clean filters can improve the air in your home by removing pollutants from the air. A filter has a certain capacity for trapping particles, so when it’s full, those particles will most certainly remain in your home’s air. If you have several pets that shed, make sure you change the filter more frequently, as pet hair can fill up a filter quickly.

Clean filters improve not only the air within a home, but they also increase the efficiency of your furnace. Without a filter as the furnace’s first line of defense, particles in the air would have access to the furnace’s internal components. If they’re allowed to build up inside the furnace, they will eventually decrease its efficiency. When a filter is clean, the furnace doesn’t have to work as hard.

It’s easy to gauge when a furnace filter is full by using a device that monitors a filter’s surface.The needle of the gauge will tell you when the filter needs to be changed, because it can sense the air pressure resistance between the blower and the filter.

Save energy and boost indoor air quality with regular furnace filter changes.

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