Why Changing Furnace Filters is Important

During the winter, you are going to be using your furnace more often than you would during any other time of the year. This means that your furnace filters are going to be collecting more hair, dirt, and other gunk than during the spring, summer, or fall. It is important to check on the condition of your furnace filter because not only does it provide you with cleaner air that is distributed by your HVAC system, but it also can help lengthen your unit’s lifespan.

What Are Furnace Filters?

Furnace filters are responsible for protecting the blower fan in your unit from any small amounts of debris the return duct may bring in. While this is the main function of furnace filters, it also improves the quality of the air inside your home because of how it removes any potential contaminants from circulating in your home.

How Do Furnace Filters Actually Clean Air in Your Home?

Small particles of dust, dander, bacteria, dirt, and even mold travel through the air – this is normal. The furnace filter in your system allows air to pass through as it is distributed to your home. The particulates get trapped in the filter, since the filter has miniscule holes in it that are only large enough for air (and the tiniest particles) to get through. Hence, those nasty particles become trapped in the filter instead of circulating through your home.

Do Furnace Filters Have to Be Changed Regularly?

Just like any type of filter, eventually furnace filters have to be changed. In a month, a furnace filter collects an incredible amount of debris and if it is not replaced, it becomes a fire hazard. Not only that, but if the filter is not changed, the contaminants would be released in the air that your HVAC system produces. Change your filter at least every other month in off-seasons and about every 30 days during the winter.

The Importance of Furnace Filters

One of the most important parts of your HVAC system is the furnace filter. It comes between the debris your return vents bring in and the air you breathe. Making it a priority to change your furnace filter every month will result in a longer lifespan for your HVAC system and will also lower the chance for a fire to start. At A-1 Guaranteed, we recognize the importance of being on top of the changing of furnace filters and make it a priority to inspect the furnace filter on a maintenance visit.

If you have any questions or if you require more information regarding furnace filters, contact us today.