Time and time again one of the biggest upkeep issues that I come across during a mold inspection or home inspection is a dirty furnace filter. I get it, out of sight out of mind! Sometimes your furnace is well hidden and so is the actual filter, if you do not make it a point to swap the filter as needed instead of on a timely basis you can be degrading the indoor air quality of your home. The furnace filter helps distribute clean air throughout your home, if you find that your furnace filter is dirty or clogged we always recommend that you replace it with an allergy rated disposable filter. Here are some key reasons on the importance of replacing those dirty filters:
Clean Furnace Filters Save Money
A furnace filter that is clogged with dust, pet dander, and other particles will cause your furnace to work harder because of decreased airflow. When this happens, you will need to make repairs more often to replace worn out parts. Overtime, the useful life of your furnace will be reduced as a result.
Being your furnace has to work harder, this means it is using more energy to operate. By changing its filter monthly, you will help reduce your home’s heating costs.
Better Air Quality
The EPA estimates that the air we breathe inside our homes can be up to five times more polluted than the air we breathe outdoors. The purpose of having a filter in your furnace is to reduce the amount of dust and other allergens that can be circulated throughout your home and add further to this problem.
Even if you keep your home immaculate, dust, pollen, pet dander, mold spores, and or bacteria can still be found within it. If your furnace filter is not changed regularly, these irritants will continue to build up and foul the air quality inside your home.
As a result, your family’s health may suffer, especially those members who suffer from asthma or allergies. If your family seems to be getting more colds than usual or are constantly suffering from congestion, your filter may be at the root of the problem.
During our routine inspection please ask us about ways that you can improve indoor air quality or call us at (949) 230-6800.