When it comes to home comfort and indoor air quality, the furnace filter plays an important role. It is essential to understand the true purpose of this component of the system, how often the filter must be changed, and the problems that arise when skipping this task. The primary purpose of a furnace filter is to capture airborne contaminants and keep them out of the heating and cooling system. The type of filter installed and the number of occupants in the home will determine how often this task must be performed.
If there are air quality issues in the house, the filter will not last as long as in a house with good indoor air quality. Additionally, for every furry family member that lives in your house, the lifespan of a filter is reduced by approximately 30 days.
MERV rating, home comfort, energy efficiency, and longevity of the air conditioning system are all impacted by regularly changing furnace filters. If your household members suffer from allergies or asthma, you should change your filters more frequently. In summer and winter, homeowners often change filters more often than in fall and spring. Dirty furnace filters can cause a variety of problems for heating and cooling equipment, home comfort, and indoor air quality.
To ensure optimal performance of your heating and cooling system, it is important to remember to change your furnace filter regularly. Here are some strategies to help you remember to do this essential home maintenance task:
- Set reminders on your phone or calendar.
- Change filters when you pay your utility bills.
- Install a small cabinet next to the boiler or air controller (on the air intake side) to hold the thicker filter.