Changing a furnace’s air filter is a simple and inexpensive chore, but many people forget to do it on a routine basis. Since a clogged air filter can lead to higher energy consumption, higher heating bills, and poor air quality throughout the home, it’s important to switch out the filters regularly.
Filter replacement helps maintain optimal performance of your home’s HVAC system between semi-annual tune-ups. A clean filter reduces allergens in the home, and keeps dirt and dust from accumulating in the furnace system; this helps avoid the need for additional maintenance and even unpredictable system failure.
The type of filter required by your HVAC system will determine how frequently it needs to be changed. Other factors that may influence the replacement schedule include the number of people living in the home, whether or not pets live inside the home (dander can clog the filter fairly quickly), and whether external influences like construction near the home affect the indoor air quality.
During the winter season, Golden Seal Service Experts’ NATE-certified technicians recommend checking the air filter on a monthly basis. If the filter appears clogged or dirty, it should be replaced. Those living in the home who suffer from allergies will benefit from frequent filter replacement, but the minimum change schedule should be every three months.
To change your home’s air filter, make a note of the size your system requires. Filters can be purchased at hardware stores, home improvement stores, and from local HVAC contractors. Start by turning off the system, then open the filter panel usually located toward the bottom of the unit. Remove the filter currently in place, and install the new filter; slide it in the direction indicated by the arrow on the filter. Air filter replacement is included with regular tune-ups or PLUS Maintenance Agreement services with Golden Seal Service Experts. For more information, please contact:
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St. Charles, IL 60174
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