Wichita, KS November 7, 2017 (WICHITAKSREALTY.NEWS) No one wants to come home or wake up to a furnace that isn’t heating. One simple preventative maintenance can go extremely far in reducing stress on your furnace and air system. Routine air filter replacement is the best preventative maintenance homeowners and even business owners can do.
An overly dirty air filter will restrict air flow into your blower and furnace system. This causes an increase in stress on the system and makes it work harder. Also, if, your filter is extremely dirty, they have a tendency of bending and then the dirt and other contaminants enter the system. This creates a harder environment for the furnace to run effectively.
So, replacing air filters actually do two things;
- They reduce the stress on your system
- Allow your system to run more efficiently thereby reducing energy needs
What is the recommended frequency for filter replacement? It’s better to err on the side of caution here. Isaac Gould, owner of Another Heating and Air says, “A good rule of thumb to follow is this. For the cheaper paper filters, they need to be replaced every thirty days, for the higher quality filters, sixty to ninety days, and if you use reusable filters, they should be cleaned every thirty to forty-five days.” As these are rule of thumb estimates, your specific needs can change due to things such as how frequently you open up your home. “To properly maintain these systems, routine check-ups are highly recommended, too”, says Isaac.
So if you haven’t replaced your air filter in a while, now is a great time to do it while you’re thinking about it. It is the easiest thing you can do to help prevent costly repairs.