Why the Filter is the Most Important Part of Your Home Heating System

aabbott ferraro home heating systems st paulIt’s winter, and that means the home heating system at your St Paul is working harder than ever. One of the most important things you can do to make sure your furnace continues to work properly is by making sure you change the filter on a regular basis. You should make it a point to check on your furnace filter at least once a month. You might not need to change it, but checking it once a month is a good habit to get into.

A filter is what keeps dust and other debris from blowing all over your house every time your home heating system turns on. Not only that, without a filter, your home heating system will experience many different problems that could result in expensive repairs or even the need to get a new furnace installed.

If the filter is too dirty, that requires the home heating system to work even harder than it should to do its job and heat your house. You will see an increase in your utility bill if your home heating system’s filter is very dirty, and the clogged filter could also cause your furnace to overheat and shut off. This would more than likely require a call to us for help, and this is another type of home heating system repair that would cost a lot to fix.

There are a few types of home heating system filters on the market today. There are ones made out of thick fiberglass, which are the most common and least expensive types. Then there are pleated fabric filters that are a bit more effective than their fiberglass counterparts, and they also tend to last longer than fiberglass filters too. Pleated fabric filters are a great choice for those with pets or those who smoke in their houses.

Thankfully, changing the filter in your home heating system is really easy. You can consult your furnace’s owner’s manual to get specific instructions. The basics: switch off the furnace, remove the filter from its housing in the service panel and then put in the new filter. There should be arrows that indicate what direction the filter should point in once it is installed in your furnace. Put the panel back on the furnace, and remember to switch the furnace back on when you’re done and that’s it!

For more information on home heating systems in St Paul, call Aabbott Ferraro at (651) 776-7214 or contact us to Schedule Your Repair Appointment.

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