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The furnace in your home is an important piece of equipment that helps in ensuring a comfortable indoor climate for your home. However, due to frequency of use, it tends to accumulate a lot of dirt; therefore, before the chilly season hits, it’s best to make sure that this crucial heating equipment for your home is in tip-top shape.

One of the things you need to do is to clean or change your furnace filter.

If you have a disposable filter (one with cardboard or plastic frames), you can just purchase a new one, which is actually quite affordable. However, if you have a reusable one (one with steel frames), then you need to perform the following:

  • Turn off the furnace and remove the blower door. Pull out the filter (remember how it was positioned so you can easily put it back when you’re done cleaning it) and you will automatically see the build-up of dust and other particulates.
  • Vacuum the filter. A regular vacuum will do; it will remove the large wads of dirt on the filter.
  • Wash the filter and dry. This will thoroughly get rid of all the dirt.
  • Put the filter back in the furnace.

Cleaning or changing the filters will do wonders for the indoor air quality of your home. You will automatically notice the big difference especially if you have asthma or you’re hyper-allergic to dust, pollen, and other airborne particulates that make breathing difficult.

In addition to improved indoor air quality, another great benefit of changing or cleaning your furnace filters is you prolong the equipment’s functional lifespan. Dirty filters force the equipment to overwork constantly and that usually leads to damages, some of which are no longer reparable. Furnaces are not cheap and you can’t afford to not use this heating equipment when it gets really cold, so maintenance is certainly a must to avoid early and costly replacement of the equipment (and catching the sniffles).

And lastly, this HVAC maintenance in the form of a heater tune-up can save you a significant amount of money. As mentioned earlier, dirty filters cause the furnace to overwork in able to provide enough heat to a room. When it overworks, it consumes more fossil fuel-powered electricity, which will certainly reflect on your bill. If you want to save money, this easy maintenance effort will make sure that your furnace does not use electricity more than it needs to. It’s important to mention as well that you get to do your bit in helping out the environment: the less energy you consume, the better for the environment

Source: Consumer Reports | Clean Indoor Air by Changing your Furnace Filter

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