February may be coming to a close, but winter is still pounding most of the country. As we beg Mother Nature for a break, everywhere from Texas to Chicago is being coated in snow and ice. Though we may be wishing for warmer weather, winter is not showing any signs of coming to a close. This means that we still need to keep on top of the heating system maintenance for just a while longer. Now is not the time to take a break and sacrifice energy efficiency.
The Easiest Maintenance Step: Filter Replacement
The very least the every homeowner should be doing is changing the filter. Yes the filter protects the air quality in the home, but failing to change it could cause much bigger problems than dirty indoor air. Many homeowners don’t realize that a dirty filter can reduce the furnace efficiency by up to 60% and possibly even lead to a system breakdown. If you have noticed an increase in your energy costs, ask yourself when was the last time you changed your filter.
Check and Change Your Filter to Save
If you haven’t checked or changed the filter in the last 30 days, odds are you are overdue. It takes only seconds to slide out the filter and check whether or not it is clogged. If it is in need of replacement, replace it today! Do not run the system without a filter unless you want to cause serious deterioration of the unit. Instead, head to your local hardware store and pick up a brand new high efficiency filter for your furnace. End this winter on a positive, energy efficient note, and keep your furnace filter clean!