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Why Changing Your Furnace Air Filter Is A Must

changing air furnace filterWhen it comes to home maintenance, one of the most important things you can do is to pay careful attention to your air filter replacement status of your furnace. Air filters do exactly that, they filter air through your furnace, grabbing unwanted dust, hair, mold spores, lint, and debris so that you are not breathing those elements in. Homeowners should be switching out old filters that become clogged with these elements at least every quarter, sometimes more in the months that you are using your heating unit more often.

Have you ever thought about how often you need to change your furnace air filter? Allow us to guide you on exactly how to best take care of your furnace this winter. 

There are so many reasons why it’s important to consistently change your furnace air filter. Check out the top reasons below: 

Keep Your Furnace Working Efficiently: The cleaner your air filter is, the easier it will be for your furnace to push out air. When the air filter gets filled up with debris, it can cause negative effects including overheating or freezing up. Additionally, a dirty air filter can lead to buildups in your ductwork that can make the system malfunction. Most notably is the effect it can have on the air quality in your home. It has been proven that indoor air quality is much worse than outdoors. By maintaining consistent air filter replacements, you can significantly improve the quality of your air in your home.

Save Money: If you keep your air filters changed out on a regular basis, you could end up saving a great deal of money in the long run. Clean air filters allow your furnace to run smoothly and efficiently. If they have to work harder due to clogging, issues can start to occur that can lead to parts being broken within the furnace in addition to the system having to work harder, thus using more electricity which will cause your monthly bill to increase. 

Prolonged Lifespan: Just like most things in life, the more you take care of your furnace, the longer it will last. These systems can be costly. Maintaining proper care for them can significantly increase the amount of use you can get out of them. A well-cared-for furnace should last between 20-25 years. 

Fewer Breakdowns: When your furnace has a clean filter, it can work at optimum efficiency as we established earlier. This will enable the system to work without any hiccups. If there is buildup from lack of a clean filter, the system may experience certain problems such as breaking of parts, which can lead to the system breaking down. Make sure this doesn’t happen by changing that filter regularly! 

When it comes to air filter replacement, you can rely on Clay’s Climate Control! We have all of the materials needed to make sure you have clean air flowing into your home. Give us a call today at 609-916-1106 to schedule a furnace maintenance appointment to make sure your furnace is producing healthy air this winter!


Top Reasons Why Your Heating Bill Is High This Winter And How To Start Saving!

heating bill too highMany homeowners are used to receiving higher bills in the wintertime due to the costs of home heating. Trust us when we tell you that while we understand that heating your home can be expensive, there are ways to save on your home heat this winter by looking into a few factors that could be causing your bill to be higher than it needs to be!

Here are a few suggestions of what to check within your home to see if any of these factors could be the reason your bill is high:

  • Insulation: poor insulation can be a big factor when it comes to why your heating bill is higher than it needs to be. It certainly makes sense; if the heat that is being pumped into your home is not being retained within your indoor space, the heating system has to work harder and harder to produce enough heat to get to the temperature that you’ve set. 

One of the clues that your insulation is a problem is a lack of warmth within your home even when you’ve set the thermostat to a warm temperature. This is a sign that your insulation is not sufficient. If you think this could be your problem, you need to have your insulation inspected. This will help you to understand what condition it’s in and what you may need to do to fix it.

  • Ductwork Leaks: this is a common issue for homes that have a forced-air heating system. If there are leaks in the ductwork, you have the same issue as above; the hot air is getting wasted by leaking out instead of being forced (as it should) into the rooms in your home that you would like to heat. 

You can check on this by listening, feeling, and seeing if you can determine that a leak exists in your ductwork. If there is a leak, it’s time to call a professional! This is not a time for a DIY home project. Ductwork leaks can be difficult to get to and require professional expertise to fix. 

  • Furnace: all furnaces have a certain lifespan. Most last about 25 years. When you have an older furnace, you should consider replacing it. As furnaces age, they can lose their efficiency. While the cost to purchase a furnace is not cheap, a well-working furnace can actually save you money in the long run because it will be working at full strength as opposed to one that could be working at about 80% if it’s dated.

This is also a job for a professional. By making sure you keep up with routine maintenance, you can ensure that all of the parts are working properly, there are no carbon monoxide leaks and no rust or dirt is forming in unwanted places.

When it comes to home heating, you can trust Clay’s Climate Control to guide you in the right direction this winter! We’ll be happy to help you figure out how you can save on your heating bill. Give us a call today at 609-916-1106!