In Texas, you may not think much about your furnace — or your furnace filter — but you will wish you had paid more attention once those cool winter days hit. Infrequently changed filters can lead to poorer indoor air quality and higher utility bills. If you’ve made replacing your furnace filters a low priority, here are some ways to determine how often it should be done.
What Kind of Filters Do You Use?
Your furnace and air conditioner both use filters, and it’s important to change both on a regular basis. The most common type of filters are fiberglass and are designed to be disposable; in general, these need to be replaced approximately once a month. You may wish to change it more often depending on other conditions in your home. Permanent, washable filters don’t need to be replaced, but they should also be cleaned about once every month.
Indoor Air Quality Factors
Certain factors can impact the quality of your indoor air. If you have pets, for example, they can be great companions and contribute a lot to your quality of life. However, long-haired pets, in particular, can increase the allergens in the air and you may need to change your filters more often. Having a smoker in residence can also require you to change your furnace filter more frequently in order to maintain the best possible indoor air quality.
Your Energy Bills Seem High
It’s true that energy costs are on the rise throughout the country, but you can still tell when something seems abnormal. If your winter utility bills are far higher than you would expect, changing your furnace filter could solve the problem.
Changing your furnace filter is more important than you might think. When the filter isn’t changed frequently enough, it can allow mold to grow, which can be a potential health hazard. An old filter also means your furnace won’t run as efficiently, which will cost you more money.
Contact Beyer Boys today for ways that we can help you keep your indoor air quality healthy.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Antonio, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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