dirty furnace filter

These are just a couple examples of things better done a little at a time rather than all at once. Wouldn’t it be easier to tidy up the house a little each day instead of spending hours the night before your guests arrive? And for holiday shopping — you could save time and money if you starting shopping in November rather than waiting until Christmas Eve. Now, let’s add one more to the list:

Did you know changing the filter is the No. 1 thing homeowners can do (without calling a professional) to maintain their furnace? Standard 1-inch disposable filters should be changed monthly. Pleated filters are very effective at trapping allergens but are also very restrictive to airflow; they need to be changed weekly. High-efficiency filters need to be changed less often — every six months to a year. Changing the filter is simple, and in just a few minutes each month, your home’s HVAC system receives several benefits.

Changing the filter is simple, and in just a few minutes each month, your home’s HVAC system receives several benefits.

  • The furnace and air conditioning coil are protected from dirt build-up on the filter, which can cause your system to lose efficiency and make the coil freeze up.
  • The indoor air quality is improved and allergens are reduced because all the air in your home passes through the furnace filter. Disposing of used filters removes the trapped dirt, pollen and allergens from your home.
  • Changing the filter will help prevent furnace shutdowns. A clogged filter can cause your furnace to stop working because it completely restricts airflow. In some cases, a clogged filter can be sucked into the blower motor, tearing up the filter — and the equipment. 

Just as you create a cleaning checklist or shopping list to make sure you don’t forget anything, you can download the Bell Brothers app to remind yourself to change the filter. In the app, you can also schedule appointments, get answers from our HVAC experts and receive service specials. It is free and can be downloaded for iPhone, iPad and Android platforms from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store

Bell Brothers may not be able to help you clean your house or shop for gifts, but every time we install a furnace in a home, we take a few extra minutes to show the homeowner how to change the filter. Because a little time each month will you save you money and time in the long run.