Dirty Furnace Filter? It’s a Hot Topic!
If you’re like me, your furnace has been roaring like a locomotive these days! That might make for a toasty warm house (or nest!), but it also makes for a dirty furnace filter, which can cause your furnace to overheat and catch on fire. And, like a clogged lint trap on your dryer, a dirty furnace filter can also increase the risk of fire in your heating ducts as dirt and other materials gather over time.
The Benefits of Changing Your Furnace Filter
If preventing a fire isn’t motivation enough, there are plenty of other reasons to change your furnace filter, including:
- Maintaining consistent heat throughout your home.
- Lowering energy bills by improving your furnace’s overall performance.
- Keeping allergens, mold spores and particulates out of your heating/air ducts.
Plus, It’s So Easy …
Ideally, you should replace your furnace filter once a month during Winter. To determine if your filter needs to be changed, just shine a flashlight on your old filter and, if you can’t see the light through the filter fabric, it’s time for a new one. Filters are widely available at hardware and home supply stores, and are very affordable.
Not much of a home repair person? No worries! Just watch the video below and you’ll see how easy it is to change your filter and stay warm and safe all winter long.