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When you’re thinking of all the potential health hazards a home can have, the state of your furnace, HVAC, and other filters probably isn’t the first thing that leaps to mind. However, running these systems past their natural lifespan can be a hidden cause of asthma, allergies, and breathing issues, just as carpets can. Today we take a look at why. What does a system filter do? Many of the important household systems we run use filters, including furnaces, HVACs, and even small appliances like vacuums. Even if you keep a very clean home, small particles we cannot see are found in the air. This can be dust, but also pollen and even viruses and bacteria. This is why these systems come pre-installed with a filter. For systems that push out heat or air, like a furnace or HVAC, this has the pleasant side effect of ‘cleaning’ the air you breathe. However, the main reason these systems are filtered is to prevent the dust from reaching the inner machinery. Dust can, in the right circumstances, ignite, so a dust build-up is a fire hazard. It also ‘gums up’ lubricants and oils, preventing them from working correctly. Lastly, it can create additional wear-and-tear within the unit, especially with moving parts. This shortens its lifespan and can cause catastrophic unit failure. What’s the difference between an HVAC and a furnace? HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. It’s a universal way to make your home environment more hospitable. A furnace does a similar job, but only for heating. Unlike an HVAC, which typically uses electricity, most furnaces use oil, gas, or even wood. If you’re building a new home, it’s a good idea to decide which will be the most economical for your needs. With older homes, you may have to take what you already have unless you can afford a makeover. It’s important to know which you are using, as that will help you keep on top of a proper maintenance schedule. When should I change my filters? Now you know why filters matter, let’s get practical. Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for when to change your filter. You can look for cheaper generics filters rather than buying name-brand replacements, but it’s best to carefully consult the specifications and make sure the cheaper filter matches the name-brand before you use it. Remember that denser filters clean better, but can put a strain on the system, so don’t go overboard. Can I change my filters myself? Most common household systems will use a biannual or annual timeline. You can do the job DIY. Here’s how to replace an air filter for a furnace. However, it’s not a bad idea to consider hiring a pro every now and again. As with painting, it can be a tricky DIY job, and small mistakes (like using the wrong filter type) can shorten the life of your system. Now you know everything you should know about the filters in your home, why they exist, and how to keep on top of filter maintenance. With this simple task added to your annual home care, you can keep your family safer than ever before.
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Why Your Family Needs You to Replace Your Air Filters Regularly When you’re thinking of all the potential health hazards a home can have, the state of your furnace, HVAC, and other filters probably isn’t the first thing that leaps to mind. However, running these systems past their natural lifespan can be a hidden cause of asthma, allergies, and breathing issues, just as carpets can. Today we take a look at why. What does a system filter do? Many of the important household systems we run use filters, including furnaces, HVACs, and even small appliances like vacuums. Even if you keep a very clean home, small particles we cannot see are found in the air. This can be dust, but also pollen and even viruses and bacteria. This is why these systems come pre- installed with a filter. For systems that push out heat or air, like a furnace or HVAC, this has the pleasant side effect of ‘cleaning’ the air you breathe. However, the main reason these systems are filtered is to prevent the dust from reaching the inner machinery. Dust can, in the right circumstances, ignite, so a dust build-up is a fire hazard. It also ‘gums up’ lubricants and oils, preventing them from working correctly. Lastly, it can create additional wear-and-tear within the unit, especially with moving parts. This shortens its lifespan and can cause catastrophic unit failure. What’s the difference between an HVAC and a furnace? HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. It’s a universal way to make your home environment more hospitable. A furnace does a similar job, but only for heating. Unlike an HVAC, which typically uses electricity, most furnaces use oil, gas, or even wood. If you’re building a new home, it’s a good idea to decide which will be the most economical for your needs. With older homes, you may have to take what you already have unless you can afford a makeover. It’s important to know which you are using, as that will help you keep on top of a proper maintenance schedule. When should I change my filters? Now you know why filters matter, let’s get practical. Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for when to change your filter. You can look for cheaper generics filters rather than buying name-brand replacements, but it’s best to carefully consult the specifications and make sure the cheaper filter matches the name-brand before you use it. Remember that denser filters clean better, but can put a strain on the system, so don’t go overboard. Can I change my filters myself? Most common household systems will use a biannual or annual timeline. You can do the job DIY. Here’s how to replace an air filter for a furnace. However, it’s not a bad idea to consider hiring a pro every now and again. As with painting, it can be a tricky DIY job, and small mistakes (like using the wrong filter type) can shorten the life of your system. Now you know everything you should know about the filters in your home, why they exist, and how to keep on top of filter maintenance. With this simple task added to your annual home care, you can keep your family safer than ever before.
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