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Heating Pro Tip: Change the Air Filter

We’ve already seen nighttime temperatures drop into the thirties, and that is going to be happening more and more regularly over the course of the next couple of months. Those that believe heating is not a priority in Arizona had best reevaluate that position. You are going to need your heater in Mesa, and you are going to want that heater to function as effectively, efficiently, and reliably as possible.

The best way in which to ensure that this is the case, of course, is to schedule routine heating maintenance. There is one task that you should handle on your own, though. That is to make sure that there is always a clean, fresh filter in your forced air heater.

Why Change the Air Filter?

Our heating season is fairly short, but that doesn’t mean that there is no need to keep your air filter in mind. If you use a central AC and a furnace, or a heat pump, that share an air filter, then that filter should probably be changed at the beginning of the heating season. Depending upon how much you use your heater, as well as other factors like pets in the home and/or the air quality within, this filter will likely need to be changed every 1-3 months. There are a few ways in which this benefits you.

  • Efficiency. An air filter that is clogged up and dirty is going to create more airflow resistance for your HVAC system than a clean air filter will. That means your heater will have to work harder to deliver heated air throughout your home. Changing the filter regularly can help you to save money.
  • Performance. If your air filter is clogged, the system can overheat. That can lead to system damages, and may cause the heater to short cycle. This wastes energy, negatively affects heating performance quality, and puts a lot of unnecessary wear and tear on the system. A clean air filter will help you to avoid these problems.

Contact North Wind Mechanical, LLC if you have any questions.


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