Inspecting and changing furnace filters are among the simplest home maintenance tasks, but because a furnace is usually out of sight, it’s usually out of mind, too. Nonetheless, it’s important to change furnace filters regularly. Here’s why.
Protect Your Family
The filter in your furnace traps dirt, dust, pet dander and other airborne particles. Over time and left to settle on the filter, these substances have nowhere else to go – except back into your home and on your floors, walls, furniture and windows.
Dust and dirt erodes your home’s air quality, making it more difficult to breathe and to fight viruses that are common when the temperatures plunge. As unpleasant and uncomfortable as this condition may be for healthy people, it’s far worse for those who suffer from allergies, asthma or other respiratory problems. Young children and senior citizens, who generally have more challenged immune systems, suffer even more.
Extend Your Furnace’s Longevity
Most modern furnaces are built to last between 15 and 20 years – provided they’re well cared for. In addition to yearly maintenance checks, one of the simplest ways you can deliver on this promise is to change furnace filters regularly.
In the worst-case scenarios, a clogged furnace filter can cause a furnace to malfunction and even break down. And like all major appliances, a furnace that suffers increased wear and tear won’t last as long as one that’s properly maintained.
Get Greater Comfort, Lower Costs
A clean furnace filter helps bolster your home’s indoor air quality while keeping your energy costs in check. Remember that a dirty filter will cause your furnace to work harder than necessary – and that extra work always shows up on the monthly utility bill.
For more reasons to regularly change furnace filters in your Chicago area home, please contact our experts at Climate Masters Mechanical Contractors, Inc.
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