The first and often most critical step in prepping your furnace for winter is ensuring your furnace filter is clean and replacing it if necessary. In this post, we will look at some of the many problems that can occur from a clogged, obstructed furnace filter.
Reduction of air flow
If it’s been awhile since you have changed your furnace filter, it’s likely that it is clogged with dirt and other debris (this is particularly likely if you have indoor pets like cats or dogs). When your filter is obstructed, the air has a lot of trouble getting through. This puts an unnecessary strain on your heating system which means higher energy costs and a shorter lifetime of the unit itself.
Increased energy costs
As mentioned above, you will see increased energy costs when your furnace’s filter is clogged and in need of replacement. The clogged filter will cause your heating system to run for longer periods of time because not enough warm air is getting through your vents and into your home lowering the temperature. This excess running of the system will result in higher energy costs.
Decreased indoor air quality
A clogged filter can allow excess dust and other allergens to be spread throughout your home by your HVAC system. Pollen, pet dander, and mold can cause all sorts of problems if breathed in. The idea that you’re blowing these irritants throughout your home is a scary thought.
If you’re in need of a new furnace or an improvement to your indoor air quality, do not hesitate to contact Bel-Aire Heating & Cooling with locations throughout West Michigan. We offer 24 hour service and a wealth of experience and knowledge to our customers. We look forward to speaking with you!