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Knowing when to Change the Filter for your Furnace

 

The filter in your home will help keep the air clean and in the best condition possible. The filter that you use for the furnace during the winter months also is used for the air conditioner in the summer months. Year round, the filter is needed and used for your HVAC system. Knowing when to change or replace it can be determined on a variety of factors. If you have pets or children in your home, you will need to change the filter on a more frequent basis. Frequent air filter changes are also beneficial for if anyone suffers from allergies or asthma. Poor air quality can make it difficult to breathe for people who have asthma or allergy symptoms.

 

Having us inspect the HVAC system and filter can help you determine when the filter should be changed. The filter is designed to capture any dirt and dust that might be in the air of your home. As it travels through the furnace system, the filter will capture and collect it. This will the prevent it going further through the system and being distributed in the air of your home. Over time, the filter will become clogged with this dirt and dust. It will also put extra strain and stress on the parts of the furnace system. Always remember to have a filter in the furnace. Without one, the dirt and dust can damage the parts of the system.

 

Notice any odd noises that the furnace might be making. If there is a loud humming noise, the filter might be clogged. This makes it harder for air to pass through the filter for the furnace system. It can result in parts starting to fail, as well as a costly repair bill for the unit.

How a Programmable Thermostat can save you Money

 

 

Having a programmable thermostat in your home can help to save you money. The first way it can save money is by not having the furnace run constantly. With a programmable thermostat, you can set the temperature in your home for certain hours of the day and for each day of the week. There are several models of thermostat to choose from. Depending on your home and lifestyle, we can help recommend which one would be best for you. One thermostat can program the weekdays the same, and then the weekend differently. Another model can have weekdays the same, and Saturday can be set differently than Sunday. The third most common model allows each day to be set differently.

Manual Override

A programmable thermostat can also have a manual override. So you can change it anytime you desire. If it comes with wi-fi capability, you can adjust the thermostat from your smart phone or tablet as well. This is a benefit incase you need to adjust the temperature when you are just leaving work or on your way home. This can also be used in the chance you are taking longer to get home than you expected. When you set the temperature on the thermostat, it can be lowered for when you are away. Then it can rise to the desired temperature just before you get home. This allows you to walk into a warm home.

Saving Money

Since the thermostat will only run when you need it, you will notice that the monthly energy bills may not be as high either. That is because the furnace will not have to operate when you are not there, and waste heat. If you are not sure what type of thermostat would be right for your home, contact us. We can also help to answer any questions you may have about thermostats or your HVAC system.

Efficient Heating in the Winter

 

During the winter, you will want your home to be warm and comfortable. To help ensure it is always operating the best, make sure that you have us inspected it on a regular basis. Maintenance is required to have the furnace system and parts operating, as they should be. If the furnace system is not maintained, you will notice a few issues with the heating. The first sign may be an expensive monthly energy bill. This would be caused by the system working too long to produce the desired heat in your home. If you notice any changes in your energy bill, make sure to contact us. That way we can inspect the furnace for you.

 

The ductwork should also be inspected. Over time, there can be a build up of dirt, dust, and debris. You should look inside the vents or registers. If you can see a build up of dust, there probably is more, further back. Cleaning this out will help the furnace to be more efficient and to move the warm air through your home. Also have the ductwork checked over for any cracks, puncture marks, or damage. This would allow heat to escape, also making the furnace work harder.

 

The thermostat should also be inspected for any problems. One common issue is if the actual temperature is different than the set temperature. The thermostat could malfunction, not sending the proper readings to your furnace. If the connection is not working properly, then this could result in the furnace operating longer. It would constantly be operating to keep the home at the desired temperature that you have the thermostat set at. Also make sure that the thermostat is efficient. If you have an older one, you may want to invest in a programmable thermostat.

Noticing Issues with the Furnace

 

Your furnace should always be properly maintained and inspected. Doing so will help keep it working properly and efficiently during the cold winter months. If there is an issue, you will want to have the furnace fixed as soon as possible. Ignoring a problem will only lead to a more costly repair bill when it finally is fixed. You will also increase the chance that other parts become damaged in the process as well. When one part does not work, it can damage other parts because those may have to work harder.

 

Be aware of any odd noises that you might hear. This can include grinding, squealing, or even humming noises. They all can be indications of an issue. The furnace should operate at almost unnoticeable levels. If you notice any odd or loud noises, make sure to contact us. We can come and inspect the furnace system for you. This will help to keep it operating as long as possible. If you are not sure how often maintenance should be done, contact us. We will be able to recommend a schedule of when your furnace should be inspected and maintained.

 

As always, you will want to make sure that you inspect the filter regularly as well. This will help you to notice when the filter is clogged or full of dirt and dust. When the filter becomes clogged with dirt and dust, you will then notice the system is no longer efficient. Make sure that you also change the filter based on the recommended schedule. Doing so will always make sure that you have the best air flow possible through the system. If you are not sure what size filter you need, contact us. Having the right size is important for the furnace to operate.

Change the Filter on a Regular Basis

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The filter on your home should be changed on a regular basis. This will help keep the furnace operating efficiently when it runs this winter. If the filter is clogged, then you may notice the furnace working harder. That is because the air will be more difficult to pull through the filter and into the system. It can then lead to extra wear and stress for the system. We can also recommend when they filter should be checked to ensure it is clean. Based on a schedule, the filter should be replaced as well. This will help the system to work without putting extra strain on it. A clean filter will also increase the quality of air in your home.

Extra Filter

It is also recommended that you have an extra filter on hand. This is beneficial incase you need to replace the filter on the weekend, holiday, or after hours. You may notice that sometimes the programmable thermostat will notify you that the filter is in need of being changed or replaced. If you are not sure if the thermostat has that capability, contact us. We can answer any questions you have, or recommend a new thermostat if one is needed.

Improve Air Quality

You will want the air quality to be the best it can be this winter. If the air is poor, it will be more difficult to breathe. If anyone in the home suffers from allergies or asthma, they will notice the poor air quality almost right away. On some occasions, it may be beneficial to get an air purifier or air cleaner. This will help to remove any pollutants or contaminants that are in the air. This can trap it in the cleaner, and release the clean air back into your home again. No matter what questions you have about your HVAC system, make sure to contact us.

 

 

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