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Why Cleaning Your Furnace Filter is Important

cleaning-furnace-filter-importantYour furnace filter is the first line of defense for your system against dirt, dust, allergens and other causes of slow system breakdown – not to mention indoor pollution. Your furnace needs regular maintenance in order to perform at its best, to last longer, and to make your home as comfortable as possible. Part of that maintenance is changing the furnace filter on a regular basis.

Dirt is the prime enemy of your furnace; when there is a heavy buildup of it, energy is wasted and your heating bills rise. You’ll save a lot of money on heating costs as well as better your chances of averting expensive repairs. As little as 1/8” of dust in a system and on a filter can contribute to premature wear and tear on a system.

Dirt and dust affect the basic components of your furnace. These are the filter system, the blower and the motor. Your filter needs to be replaced at the very least at the beginning of the heating season and about once per month during times of continuous usage. This will keep damaging dirt, dust and debris from getting into your blower and causing damage to it.

In addition to cleaning your filter, you’ll want to have your duct system cleaned by Sanborn’s.

Clean ducts will improve the indoor air quality of your home in addition to the efficiency of your furnace, saving you money in the long run. You’ll reduce the presence of house molds allergens, providing relief to everyone, especially those with allergies and/or asthma. As you can imagine, the ducts in your home, although they are largely out of sight from day to day, are very important.

In addition to dirt and dust in and on your filter and within your air ducts, you’ll want to keep an eye out for mold and mildew. This is especially the case in warm, humid climates, where the humidity is most conducive to mold growth. Mold, although normally present in tiny amounts, can be a troublesome and problem-causing health risk in large amounts.

For all of the above reasons and more, it’s important to regularly clean and change your furnace filter. Should you have questions or need help with anything having to do with your air conditioning or furnace, contact your heating and air conditioning experts at Sanborn’s today! Call us or fill out our brief contact form for the best heating and air conditioning repair in Highland, CA and surrounding areas.

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