When (and why) to change an air filter: advice from Honke Heating
Changing your air filters will save you money, keep your family healthy and help protect the environment. It's a simple chore that only needs to be performed once every one to three months. At Honke Heating, I tell my customers it's the single most important thing they can do to maintain their furnace or air conditioning system.
Here are three reasons why:
1.) As small particles begin to clog your air filter, your system will start to work harder to compensate for the lack of airflow. If left unchecked, an overheated system will eventually malfunction, requiring a costly visit from a service technician. It could even shorten the long-term longevity of your system.
2.) A dirty air filter will not remove dust, mold spores, pollen, dust mites, bacteria, pet dander and other contaminates from your house. Breathing in this bad air can cause severe health problems, especially for those who suffer from asthma or other allergies.
3.) Clean air filters allow your furnace or air conditioner to work less hard, for shorter amounts of time. A more efficient system uses less power, meaning lower electrical consumption and less greenhouse gasses released. By changing your air filters, you can save as much as 15 percent on your utility cost.
Remember to check the MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) score when purchasing an air filter. A rating between 8 and 16 is preferable, the higher the better.
Honke Heating & Air Conditioning
840 NE Cleveland Ave, Gresham, OR 97030