Why Replacing Your Furnace Filter Is So Important

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Why Replacing Your Furnace Filter Is So Important

Hey there, folks! Today, Kotz Heating, Cooling & Plumbing is going to talk about something super important for all the awesome residents of the Waterford, MI area – changing your furnace filter. 

Now, you might be wondering, “Why should I care about my furnace filter?” Well, Kotz is here to tell you why it’s a big deal and why you should replace it regularly.

Let’s start with some basic information about what a furnace filter is. Think of your furnace filter like the maid service of your heating system. It’s a special part that helps keep the air in your office clean and healthy. Imagine your furnace as a cell phone. The filter is like the screen protector that shields the phone from the harmful impact of outside forces. A filter keeps harmful pollutants from getting into the air inside your home. 

The Big Deal About Furnace Filters

1. Breathe Easy: First off, changing your furnace filter helps everyone breathe better. It catches dust, pollen, and other tiny particles in the air. If you don’t replace it, all the disgusting things can make the air feel stuffy and make people sneeze and cough. That’s not fun at all, right?

2. Keep Occupants Happy: When you change the filter, you’re also keeping everyone inside your home happy and healthy. No one likes to be in a place with bad air quality. Replacing the filter regularly means your home will have fresh, clean air, and everyone will breathe easier.

3. Save Money: Yep, that’s right – changing your furnace filter can save you some green. When the filter is dirty, your furnace must work extra hard to keep air flowing throughout your home. The harder the furnace has to work, the more energy it uses. The end result is higher energy bills. But when you change the filter, your furnace can work efficiently, and you save money on energy costs.

4. Protect Your Furnace: Your furnace is like the heart of your home, and it needs some love too. If you don’t replace the filter, dust and dirt can sneak into your furnace and cause problems. Think of it like eating candy all the time – it might taste good, but it’s not good for your teeth. So, change that filter to keep your furnace healthy!

How Often Should I Change My Furnace Filter?

Maybe you’re wondering how often you should replace the filter. Well, that depends on a few things. If you have many people in your home as well as pets, you might need to change the filter every 1-2 months. But if there are only two to three people and no pets, you can probably get away with changing it every 3-4 months. If anyone in the home is a smoker, that will affect the needed frequency, too. Just keep an eye on it and see how dirty it gets.

How Do I Change the Filter?

Replacing your furnace filter is as easy as pie! Here’s how you do it:

1. Locate the Filter: Check your furnace equipment manual for the correct location and the type of filter you need. Depending on the type of furnace you have, it will either be at the top or bottom of the furnace. If you’re not sure, or would just rather not handle it yourself, call Kotz Heating, Cooling & Plumbing. We’ll be happy to help!

2. Turn Off the Furnace: If you still choose to change the filter yourself, make sure the furnace is turned off before beginning the process. Safety first!

3. Remove the Old Filter: Take out the old filter gently. It might be a bit dusty, so be careful.

4. Put in the New Filter: Now, slide in the shiny new filter. Make sure it’s facing the right way – there’s usually an arrow on it to show you.

5. Turn On the Furnace: Once the new filter is in place, you can turn the furnace back on. It’s ready to work its magic again!

While changing the furnace is not difficult, you may prefer to have the professionals handle it for you. Kotz Heating, Cooling & Plumbing has trained technicians who can change your filter when you need it. To benefit your furnace even more, schedule regular furnace maintenance before the heating season begins. 

If you haven’t had your furnace cleaned and tuned up yet this year, no worries! Call Kotz today to get on the schedule. We can get your furnace in the best shape and change your furnace filter, too.