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Don’t Forget to Check Your Furnace Air Filter!

Furnace air filter

Your gas furnace works hard to keep your family comfortable all winter long, running day and night in its ongoing bid to stave off that ever-present Finger Lakes winter chill.

One consequence of your heating equipment being in almost constant use is that your furnace filters are also working overtime to remove the hair, dust and other particles that are circulating around your home. If you wait several months before cleaning or replacing your furnace filter, you could find yourself on the wrong end of an emergency heating repair.

Here’s why: when an air filter clogs, it traps heated air before it has a chance to flow into your home, making your furnace work harder to do its job. Over time, this overwork will lead to:

  • More repairs – Over time, an overworked heating system will wear down, leading to an avoidable (and possibly costly) heating repair.
  • Higher bills – Inefficiently operating your system with dirty filters can cost you far more money than the filters themselves.
  • Less comfort – When your filter is blocked, your home won’t be as cozy as it should be, since your furnace won’t be moving air the way it was designed to do.

The good news is you can avoid many of these problems simply by checking your furnace filter once a month during heating season. It takes less than five minutes to do, and replacement filters are relatively inexpensive.

See your owner’s manual to learn how to check your filter – if you have problems, contact us for help.

Check your filter once a month to avoid unnecessary repairs and premature breakdowns. If your furnace isn’t working as well as you think it should, contact the pros at Ehrhart Energy today – we will figure out the problem so you stay safe and warm this winter.