During the fall and winter seasons the furnace in a home becomes its most valuable appliance. As much value as people place on their heat and air conditioning units, many fail to do the things they need to keep them running safely and efficiently. One of the best things homeowners can do to ensure the comfort of their homes during the cold winter months is to make sure they have their HVAC units serviced. Most heating and air professionals recommend people service their units at least twice a year. One important winter HVAC services performed during the winterizing of a HVAC unit is the checking and or changing of the of the unit’s filter. Here is some more information about this valuable service and why it’s needed.
Furnace filters can literally make the difference between a home staying warm and comfortable throughout the fall and winter months, and its inhabitants experiencing cool, drafty areas in the home. Here at Gehringer Mechanical, we understand it can be very difficult for someone who is not a heat and air professional to change their furnace filter if the unit is underneath the house, or encased in a small area inside a basement. This is why it is so important to obtain the services of a skilled professional. If a furnace is underneath a home, one of the risks homeowners face when they attempt to venture underneath is the dismantling the ductwork of the home. Ductwork that has been disturbed or dislodged causes leaks in the system and higher utility bills.
First Line of Defense
The filter in a HVAC unit is the first line of defense in a home. It shields the system from dirt and other particles that would travel through the unit and air ducts if it were not there. If the filter in a unit is clogged or removed it could create a hazard for the people and animals who live in the home if they are susceptible to upper respiratory allergies. Air filters catch airborne particles which include but are not limited to pollen, dust and mold spores. These irritants can cause persons who are healthy to experience discomfort, and it can exacerbate the symptoms of other chronic diseases like lupus and sarcoidosis. People who experience signs of a cold like a runny nose, cough, itchy skin, watery eyes or sneezing should make sure they have their furnace filters changed on a regular basis to avoid complications.
Change or Clean Filters Often
How often furnace filters need to be replaced or clean depends on the type of filter used in the system. It is important that homeowners consult with a HVAC technician to ensure they are using the right filter for their home. The professionals here at Gehringer Mechanical recommend people replace their disposable furnace filters once a month. Electrostatic filters don’t have to be replaced, however they need to be cleaned once every three months. Electronic filters need to be changed weekly and mechanical filters should be changed once a week also. Contact us to find out more about the winter HVAC services we offer, and schedule an appointment to have one of our friendly technicians service your unit today.