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3 Reasons Changing Your Furnace Air Filter Could Change Your Life


Furnace air filter

Who has the time to think about their furnace air filter? Could a little thing like a furnace air filter really make a difference in how your furnace works this winter?

It makes a huge difference, actually, and it takes less time than choosing your picks for the football pool.

What your furnace air filter does

The air filter’s job is to keep dust and debris out of your heating and air conditioning equipment. You’d be amazed how much builds up on there in a very short time. Just think about the smog in Manhattan and the dust your cleaning staff picks up every day. Imagine how much grime would accumulate if you didn’t clean for a month. That’s how much debris is clogging your air filter, and much more if you haven’t done it in a while.

If you’re still skeptical, go pull out that air filter and take a look for yourself. Disgusting, right? That’s why Energy Star recommends changing the air filters in your central air conditioner, furnace and/or heat pump every month, especially during the peak seasons when your HVAC system equipment is heavily used.

Here’s what you stand to gain.

3 benefits of changing your furnace air filter regularly

1. Lower utility bills mean more money in the bank

When the furnace air filter is clogged with dust and debris, it can no longer protect your equipment. The grime gets in, coating the moving parts and slowing them down. It also impedes air flow through the system, which is critical to its efficient operation. All this means that your furnace has to run longer and work harder to heat your building, using more energy in the process.

Changing your furnace air filter monthly can save you up to 15% on your utility bills.

2. Improved air quality and reduced allergens means better health

Remember all that dust you saw on your dirty filter? Now realize that you and everyone in your space are breathing that in every day. When the air filter is so clogged that it can no longer remove the contaminants from the air, they wind up in your equipment, passed into the ductwork, and distributed throughout your occupied space.

In addition to dust, there are worse things that you can’t see being circulated in the air, including bacteria, mold and viruses. It’s no wonder that so many people start getting sick this time of year.

This is especially troubling, and even dangerous, for people with allergies, asthma, and other breathing difficulties. In the worst case, you could wind up with a case of Sick Building Syndrome on your hands. Ask your NYC HVAC service provider about switching to higher efficiency filters to minimize pollen and other allergens.

3. Fewer breakdowns and longer equipment life mean less stress

When your equipment becomes coated with a layer of grime and debris due to a clogged air filter, the strain causes parts to fail and results in expensive repair bills for you. Notice that we’re not saying “may” cause parts to fail. This will definitely happen to you if you neglect changing your filters and maintaining your system; it’s just a matter of time.

Speaking of time, you can also be sure that your furnace will last considerably less time if you neglect it. Most commercial furnaces are designed to last 15 to 20 years. The buildup of debris over months and even years can shorten its life by as much as 5 to 10 years.

Also keep in mind the cost of lost business while you wait with no heat to have your furnace fixed or replaced.

It’s so easy, even a cave man can do it

Having your air filter changed is as easy as making a call to your trusty NYC HVAC service provider. He can advise you on exactly the right filter for your equipment, get you good prices, and even order extra filters so you can change them yourself in between HVAC tune-up appointments. It’s a simple matter of sliding the old filter out and sliding a new one into the housing.

What’s an HVAC tune-up, you say? It’s HVAC preventative maintenance that you should be doing at the beginning of the heating and cooling seasons to clean and check your furnace and air conditioning equipment, and keep it performing efficiently.

In the spring and fall, bring in a certified HVAC service tech to take care of your filters thoroughly clean your equipment and ducts, check electrical connections, check for carbon monoxide leaks, calibrate your thermostats, and check parts and overall condition of the unit.

Interested in HVAC preventative maintenance, but afraid it’s too expensive? It doesn’t have to be. A reputable provider can create a plan that’s right for your equipment, your needs and your budget. To learn more, take a look at our free guide to HVAC Preventative Maintenance Contracts: How to Find the Right One for Your HVAC Infrastructure.

If you’re in the NYC metro area, get a quote from Arista for a preventative maintenance agreement.