What role does your air filter play in efficient heating this winter?

If you’re like most homeowners, replacing or cleaning your home’s air filter is probably pretty far down your list of priorities this winter. However, there’s certainly a case to be made for adding this to your to-do list. A clean air filter is critical to your home’s indoor air quality, energy-efficiency, and winter heating. In this article, we’ll review what you should know about your air filter and the role it plays in your home during the colder months of the year here in Chicagoland.

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Call our team for air filter replacement here in Chicago. Our Filter Club is a great, convenient way to save on new filters.

Call our team for air filter replacement here in Chicago. Our Filter Club is a great, convenient way to save on new filters.

A clean air filter is more important than you might think

While it tends to get overlooked, your home’s air filter plays a crucial role in your home’s air quality and energy-efficiency. Here’s how:

Energy-efficient heating

A dirty air filter can actually be costing you money every month on your utility bills. As the air filter clogs with dirt, dust, and pet hair (gross!), it becomes more difficult for the furnace’s blower to push heated air through the filter. This results in the furnace and blower having to work more to create heating for your home, which in turn can cause a spike in your monthly heating bills.

Prevent furnace problems

All the extra effort your furnace puts into pushing air through a dirty, clogged filter can lead to significantly more wear-and-tear. However, that’s only the start. Your furnace also intakes air through the filter. If it’s unable to take in enough air from your home, the blower and furnace will not be able to work properly. In fact, since gas and electric furnaces rely on the blower to push hot air out of the system, it could lead to the system either short cycling or overheating.

Even if the furnace is able to get air through the filter, that dust and other contaminants could head the other way into the system, leading to the inside of the furnace becoming dirty. This, in turn, can have other negative repercussions for the furnace’s efficiency and effectiveness.

Keep your home’s air fresh

Every time you turn on the furnace with a dirty air filter in place, you’re essentially having that dust and dirt pushed into the air of your home. Especially during the winter when windows and doors tend to be closed more often, this can have a negative impact on your indoor air quality as the trapped dust, dirt, pet dander, and more have nowhere to go.

Replace or clean your air filter regularly

Generally speaking, you should replace your air filter about every 90 days. However, if you have pets or suffer from allergies, you may want to bump that up to every 60 days or even every month. In truth, every home is different, and there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to indoor air quality. That’s why talking with a professional here at King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing is always a great play.

Join our Filter Club!

At King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, we make it easy to keep your home’s air filter fresh. As a member of our Filter Club, we’ll deliver fresh filters, on-time, right to your door! No more hassle or having to remember to go to the store to get new air filters. Instead, we’ll deliver the right professional-grade filter, right on time. To learn more about our Filter Club and all of our HVAC and IAQ services, call us today.