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When there is less daylight, and the temperatures start to fall, it can only mean one thing – it's time to look at your furnace! Having a well-functioning furnace ensures that homes stay warm and cozy no matter the weather.
Your furnace moves air throughout your home at a designated temperature, and during the late fall and winter, it will probably be constantly working. To make sure that your air flow is as efficient as possible, you should check that your furnace filter is in peak shape.
At first glance, a furnace filter looks like a thin rectangle – how much work can it do? A lot, actually. That rectangle can play a huge part in the how well your furnace operates and in the quality of your indoor air.
When your furnace runs, the filter will collect certain airborne particles, such as dust, that you would otherwise breathe in. But after time, too much debris will clog up the filter, making it difficult for air to pass through. This causes your furnace to work much harder to heat your home, resulting in higher energy costs – and poorer quality air.
A basic rule of thumb is to change your furnace every three months. Doing this gives enough time for debris to collect to require a new filter, but still prevents an overworked furnace. But that is just a guideline. Other factors that affect the state of your furnace filter include the following:
Every home is different, and everyone has different lifestyles that can affect the state of your filter. The best way to know when you should change your air filter is by checking it regularly.
Don't let a dirty furnace filter harm your indoor air quality – change your filter often, and breathe in fresh, clean air all year round.