June 24, 2021

How Often to Change Furnace Filter?


frequency of Changing Furnace Filter

How often to change furnace filter?  Furnace filters need to be changed regularly as they work as a shield to keep the furnace functioning by keeping out dust and hair from it.  Improving indoor air quality is particularly important at this time because Canadians are spending more of their time at home and indoors. See public health recommendations concerning ventilation and furnace filters.

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How often to change filter for optimum functioning?

Change your filter every ninety days. Then you can be sure that both your furnace and its filter will work at their best.

The function of the filter is to collect all the debris and dust particles that are in the air that must pass through the furnace. If there is clogging, air flow will get restricted. This can result in problems within the furnace and can lead to breakdowns that can cost a lot to repair.

Check Your Furnace Filter Every 30 Days

Replacement of filters need to be done at three-month intervals, but it is best that they are checked every month.

A check once a month will help in determining whether the filter is clear and will continue its task of filtering particles of dust from the air and help in preventing breakdowns that can add to your expense.

If your filter shows a greyish color, it is an indication that it needs changing. The air borne particles that have collected in it will make it look dusty.

The Need to Change a Furnace Filter Can Change with Your Home Environment

Normally, furnace filters can function for three months without their being any need for cleaning or replacing them.

The period of changing of filter can be dictated by the environment of your home.

  1. Pets

Animals with fur are nice and cuddly, but they have extra hair that they will shed, and this hair must go somewhere. You will normally vacuum it up, but whatever is not picked up by that device, will get in the air that your furnace filters. It can result in clogging of the filters much faster than in a home that has no pets. So, if you do have a pet, check your filter once a month.

  1. Allergies or Asthma

Excessive dust can have a greater effect on homeowners or other family members who are sensitive to dust. If the filter is clogged, it will not filter the dust and debris and will recirculate it, thus affecting breathing. A house that is regularly dusted and vacuumed, along with fresh filters will ensure the freshness of the air in your home.

  1. Consistent Usage

Furnace filters are often used by both furnaces and air conditioners. The more that you use both these systems, the more is the debris and dust that will collect on your filter.

This can require you to change the filter at shorter intervals.

How to Change Your Furnace Filter

Start with turning off the furnace so that there are no safety issues. Your filter will be inside the air vent and needs to be removed. Be careful to note the way the filter fits in to the air duct.

There are different kinds of furnace filters. If it has a plastic frame around it, it is a filter that can be reused after it is cleaned.

The dirt and dust from the filter must be vacuumed out gently. Then rinse it with water and wipe down the filter so that all remaining dirt is removed. Let it dry completely. Now insert it back into the furnace at its proper position.

A disposable filter can be quickly replaced. All that you need to do, is to exchange the old filter with the new one, which should be available in most hardware stores. Just make sure to check that you have bought one that is the correct size.

We Will Handle Everything Else if You Have Replaced the Filter

To keep your furnace working at its best, a filter change is a must. Allow us to do anything else that is necessary by asking us to carry out annual tune up.

An annual tune up will ensure that your furnace operates efficiently all through the winter, giving you peace of mind, and ensuring that you are getting more heat for lesser money.