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Here’s Why You Definitely Want to Change Out That Air Filter

Okay, winter is basically here — it’s already December and temperatures have dropped quite a bit! So, if you have not done so already, you need to change out your furnace’s air filter!

See, your air filter plays a vital role in the overall efficiency and performance of your heater, so you definitely don’t want to ignore it! In fact, we recommend changing your air filter every 1-3 months during the heating season!

There are plenty of things that can go wrong if you don’t change your air filter, and below, we have listed some of these things for you. All you’ve got to do is keep reading to find out more (and yes, of course, remember to call our team when you need heater repair in Holly Springs.)

What Exactly Does an Air Filter Do?

There is a lot of debris that circulates throughout your home and ultimately ends up in your ductwork. If the debris enters your forced-air heater, it has the potential to cause some significant damage.  The air filter exists to prevent dirt and debris from entering the heater itself.

The reason we change our filters is that they are unable to rid themselves of the particles they collect. If they become too clogged, airflow in and out of the heater is restricted, causing problems. Be sure to change your air filter every 1–3 months during the heating season.

Here’s What Can Happen if You Don’t Change It:

Here’s what can happen if you don’t change yours.

Decreased Efficiency

When your heater struggles to circulate air throughout your home, it becomes significantly less efficient. A dirty filter is going to create more airflow resistance than normal.

In addition, a dirty air filter can cause the system to short-cycle. This is an industry term that describes when your heater keeps turning itself on and off over and over throughout the day. Not only is short-cycling extremely inefficient, but it also places a ton strain on the system, leading to sky-high energy bills and costly repairs.

Increased Repair Needs

When your system has to work harder than it normally does, there is an increased risk of wear and tear. This will lead to operational problems and eventually a breakdown. Obviously, you do not want to be stuck dealing with costly repairs and untimely replacements. Changing your air filter is simple and easy … dealing with a full system breakdown is not.

Decreased Indoor Air Quality

Although the air filter is ultimately put in place to protect your heater, it does have some positive impacts on your health. When the air filter is thickly congested, air may be forced around the filter, and when this happens, it will be distributed into your house! This, in turn, decreases your indoor air quality and can lead to some significant health issues for you and your family.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help

If you are unsure how to change your air filter, do not be afraid to ask a certified HVAC professional for help. Trust us, any reputable technician will be happy to show you the ropes!

Schedule your heating services with the team at Ideal Services Heating & Cooling today!

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