Why You Should Change Your Furnace Filter Often

Each time you clean you might notice that there is a significant amount of dust on the surfaces throughout your home. If your home has an increased amount of dust, your HVAC system may be to blame. Performing maintenance, such as replacing your furnace filter, will help with this and many other problems.

What They Do
A furnace filter is designed to catch dust, debris, and any other particles traveling through the air. The less particles that are circulating throughout your home’s air, the higher the air quality will be. A home with a lower air quality can cause illness and respiratory diseases, such as asthma. This filter will also prevent the dust from damaging the system upon its return.

How Often
Basic furnace filters should be changed on a monthly basis. More advanced filters should be changed three to four times per year. Some people do not change their furnace filters this often, but many should depending on their lifestyle. If you have any pets, smoke indoors, or run your system multiple hours per day, then you should change your filter on a monthly basis. Remember to turn the furnace off before replacing the filter.

Options
Take a look at the manufacturer’s recommendation for what size and type of filter to use.

  • Fiberglass – Catches large dust particles; lasts one to two months
  • Disposable Pleated – Catches large and small particles; can last up to one year
  • Reusable Electrostatic – Catches all sized particles including smoke; can be rinsed out and used for multiple years
  • HEPA – Catches all sized particles including smoke, microorganisms, mold, and bacteria; comes in disposable and reusable

Replacing the furnace filter often will significantly improve your indoor air quality while also improving the efficiency of your HVAC system. Not only should this be done as a part of HVAC maintenance, but routine service should be done as well. You can trust the experts at LPH Service to keep your system running smoothly and efficiently. To learn more, or to schedule a service, give us a call at (717) 207-8198.

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