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How Often Should You Change Your Furnace Filter?

How Often Should You Change Your Furnace Filter?

Checking and replacing your filter helps heating efficiency and air quality.

air filter changing Glen Ridge, nj You might be surprised to learn that your furnace air filter likely accumulated dirt and debris during the summer. Just because you weren’t using your home’s heating equipment doesn’t mean your ducts weren’t in use. If you have a central air conditioning system, that system uses the same ductwork. Your filter was still catching airborne pollutants from the circulated air.

So, if you haven’t checked your air filter all summer, now is an excellent time to give it a look. You’ll be amazed at what a difference this small act can make to your home comfort.

Why Air Filters Are Important

The air filters in your HVAC system are an essential frontline defense against things you don’t want circulating in your home. A well-functioning filter will catch dust, mold, pollen and other airborne toxins. This line of defense is crucial to maintaining healthy indoor air quality (IAQ) in your home. Poor IAQ can increase instances of severe allergies, asthma, colds, flu and other illnesses. It also makes your home feel less comfortable and increases dust accumulation. You can improve your IAQ with air purifiers and air cleaners, but a key (and more affordable) first step is staying on top of your air filters.

If your HVAC air filters become clogged or dirty, the airflow to and from your furnace may be restricted. Your heating equipment will need to work harder to warm your home. That means you’ll spend more money on fuel each winter. Debris collecting in your HVAC system will eventually lead to more frequent furnace maintenance and repairs.

Checking Your Home’s Air Filters

As a general rule, the JW Pierson team recommends that customers check their furnaces’ air filters at least once a month during peak heating and cooling seasons.

Your air filter can generally be found either on the side of your furnace or behind a return-air vent. If your system has a reusable filter, you can wash it and then return it to the system. Disposable filters must be replaced if they become dirty or clogged. Luckily, these products are available at most home stores and are relatively inexpensive — especially considering their crucial role in your home.

JW Pierson Co. keeps your furnace running efficiently.

It’s hard to think of a piece of equipment more important to your home’s comfort and safety than your furnace. It ensures your family stays warm. It keeps your plumbing from freezing on icy nights. Beyond regularly checking your furnace’s air filter, there are other simple ways to keep it running at peak performance.

Countless families in Essex, Passaic and Bergen Counties turn to the HVAC technicians at JW Pierson for world-class furnace service. Our comprehensive tune-ups keep your heating equipment running efficiently and help it last for its longest service life. We’ll also replace your air filter if needed!

Get in touch with us today to schedule a late-fall furnace tune-up.