This time of year when it feels like the cold weather will never end. No doubt, your home’s heating system has put in some serious work recently. If you have a forced-air furnace, its air filter might be due for a change.
At Dixon Energy, we know the outsize effect that a dirty, clogged filter can have on a New Jersey household.
Air filters protect a furnace’s blower fan from the dust, debris and sundry particles in your ductwork. In the process, these filters also improve your indoor air quality by preventing pollutants from recirculating into your home.
When your furnace’s air filter is dirty or clogged, airborne debris can cause skin irritation and respiratory issues. Unattended filters are bad for your equipment’s efficiency too. Your furnace will have to cycle more often to warm your home, resulting in higher energy bills, more frequent repairs and a shorter overall life span.
As you can see, staying on top of your air filters can save you a lot of pain and expense.
During the heating season, you should check your air filter every month. Have you checked yours this winter? If not, now is the time to do so.
You will most likely find the filter in the return air duct or your furnace’s blower compartment. You can check your furnace owner’s manual if you aren’t sure. Instructions might even be printed on the side of the unit itself.
If your air filter is dirty or clogged, you will either need to wash or replace it.
Permanent air filters made from electrostatic fibers are washable. Other types need to be replaced. Luckily, disposable air filters are incredibly affordable, and they pay off many times over with the protection they provide to your home and family.