Your furnace is responsible for keeping your home warm and comfortable through the long, cold Canadian winters. But it can only do its job properly if it’s well maintained, which includes ensuring that it has a clean furnace filter.
The furnace filter is responsible for cleaning hair, dust and other forms of debris from the air before it’s blown into your home. This is what allows you to have good indoor air quality and a home free of allergens.
Understandably, this is great for you and your home, but if the filter is too dirty (meaning it has become too resistant for your furnace to blow through), it can cause a lot of airflow trouble. This will affect the overall efficiency of your system and leave you feeling less comfortable than you normally would be.
If the warmed air cannot pass through your furnace filter properly, it’ll sit in your furnace for too long and force your system to overheat. This can cause serious damage to parts within your furnace and lead to inefficiency and costly replacements. With a clean furnace filter, you’ll have peace of mind knowing you won’t be left with an overheated and broken down furnace in the middle of winter.
In terms of efficiency, you’ll want to keep your filter clean to keep your energy bills low. The more your furnace struggles to expel the warmed air through your clogged filter, the harder it works and the more you’ll have to pay each month.
Finally, ensure your filter has the correct MERV rating for your furnace. “MERV” stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value and shows you how well the filter works according to your heating system to keep your indoor air clean. It’s vital that the MERV rating fits your furnace correctly and isn’t too high or too low, causing unnecessary inefficiency.
Fahrhall Home Comfort Specialists will be able to perform your complete furnace maintenance and clean or replace your furnace filter too. We are more than happy to check and make sure your furnace is working at its very best and that your clean furnace filter is the correct fit for your heating system.