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Maintaining Furnace Filters

It seems like such a small thing but is it really that important to maintain your furnaces filters?

Despite the fact that its very dangerous because the heat exchanger will overheat and trip out the safety,,, making your furnace run bad and if you keep tripping the safety it will eventually break the safety or burn a hole in the heat exchanger all costing you money that i am sure you would rather keep in your pocket….. and the latter costing you a lot more then a few bucks. Usually a heat exchanger rupture can cause a death in your household at worst and a new furnace install at best.

Many people do not remember how important it is to keep up on the maintenance of their home furnace and air handler system. By simply following some steps and setting up a schedule you will be able to save money and keep your heating and cooling systems in great working order.

Proper maintenance of your furnace needs to include changing on a regular basis. This allows for the adequate level of air flow through your furnace and the efficient filtering of particles going through the system so they are not reintroduced into the air circulating in your home. Depending on the type of furnace filters that you use, it is recommended to change or clean them at least once a month especially when the furnace is being used regularly. Sometimes it is recommended to change them more often if there is a lot of dust and debris where you live. This is especially important if you are doing any renovations or home improvements that create dust. Even if you have been painting, you should change your filter as soon as you are finished as there are many fine particles that get into the air duct system and will clog your furnace air filter.

By having clean air filters you will be able to keep your furnace running efficiently and your furnace will not have to over work itself to push the necessary air through the system. Clean furnace air filters will also do a better job at removing irritating particles to keep the dust levels in your home down as well as not allowing other fine particles to circulate in the air. This is particularly important for those with allergies. There are filters available with additional tight pleating to help catch the finest particles. There are also filters designed for people with allergies to dust to assist in the reduction of these irritants in the air.

Many people use reusable air filters. These filters are designed to be removed from the furnace as soon as they are dirty and then properly washed and returned to the furnace. It is a good idea to buy a second reusable filter so that you can take the dirty one out, replace it with the clean one on hand and clean the dirty one at your convenience so it is ready for the next change over. Reusable furnace filters are more expensive initially however, you will not have to purchase them on a regular basis so in the long run they actually save you money.

No matter which type of furnace filter you use, you need to make sure you check it regularly and replace or clean the filter as needed. Not only will you find the air in your home to be cleaner, but also the efficiency with which your furnace operates will be enhanced. Through proper maintenance of not only the filter, but the furnace as well, you will help prevent problems and extend the life of your furnace. A regular professional cleaning of the furnace and ductwork is also recommended once a year.


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