5 Reasons Why You Should Change Your Furnace Filter Regularly

Winter in Massachusetts gets a little cold, right? It’s not exactly the time of year you want to discover that your furnace isn’t working correctly. After all, your furnace keeps you and your family warm, and in extended times of extreme cold, a failed furnace can even create life-threatening conditions.

Changing your furnace filter on a regular basis might not be way up there on your list of things to do, but here in Massachusetts, it actually should be. Truth be told, you should be changing the filter every three months, and maybe even an extra time during the winter. You should also inspect the filter at least once a month just in case it’s gotten dirty sooner than expected.

Following are five excellent reasons to change your furnace filter regularly.

Air Quality Is Better

Dirty filters mean that air circulation is poorer and harmful particles may linger throughout the house. That means poorer air quality in general, but it can be far more consequential for family members with asthma, allergies, or other conditions affecting their respiratory systems. Clean filters help remove dust, pollen, pet dander, and other airborne particles that can interfere with anyone’s breathing.

The HVAC System Runs Better

A clogged filter will mess up the airflow, and that can lead to overheating in the system. Overheating can cause damage and necessitate repairs you haven’t budgeted for. Changing the filter on a regular basis can help prevent costly repairs.

Energy Bills Will Go Down and You’ll Be Safer

Some basic science applies here: a clean filter means a system has less work for efficient operation, but a dirty or clogged filter makes a system expends more effort and energy to pump air throughout a home. That extra effort translates into higher costs and more wear and tear on the system. Simply changing furnace filters regularly reduces your energy costs.

Additionally, although the chances of this are small, as a dirty furnace becomes overworked, the additional strain it puts on the rest of the system can start a fire right there at the filter or elsewhere.

Preventing Other Costs and Repairs

You’ve heard the sayings about prevention being better than the cure, nipping things in the bud, and so on, right? Well, tired as you might be of hearing them, they absolutely apply to your furnace maintenance. Suppose you’re not seeing to something as simple as changing your furnace filter on a regular basis. In that case, any problems starting there are probably leading to problems elsewhere in the system.
And those are problems that can be difficult to fix and can become extremely costly, running even into the thousands of dollars. You don’t want that!

Your Furnace Will Last Longer

Depending on the type of furnace, it should last at least 20 years and perhaps two or even three times that. However, as we’ve already talked about, not changing a furnace filter on a regular basis can be the catalyst for other problems. Over time, those other problems will reduce the lifespan of a furnace.

For most people, checking and changing a furnace filter is easy to do and can cut down on other repairs likelihood and costs.
At the same time, we know that you have a busy life and that keeping up with maintaining your furnace and its needs may not be at the top of your agenda.

If you don’t have the time to check and change your furnace filter regularly, or if you just prefer to leave it to trained experts so you can have peace of mind for you and your family, reach out to us today for professional support. Sinclaire provides furnace repair and tune-up for Canton, Framingham, Holliston, and other nearby locales in Massachusetts.

At Sinclaire, we’ve been in HVAC, plumbing, and other home services since 1948, so we know a “little” about what we do and the communities we serve. Robert Sinclaire founded our company almost 75 years ago. It has grown from a heating oil provider to one invested in healthy, comfortable, and efficient living in a changing world.

Today, we are still a family-owned business, and although we have grown, we are still rooted in the community and invested in providing service you can trust and rely on.

Can we help you with your HVAC or plumbing needs? Just contact us today to get started!