Air filter changes are among the most basic forms of heater maintenance that property owners can perform by themselves.
Changing air filters on a regular basis can provide a wealth of benefits. From cutting your energy costs to making your heating equipment last longer, here’s why these efforts are worthwhile.
1. You’ll spend less on repairs
When heating equipment manufacturers issue original product warranties, they do so in the understanding that homeowners will perform basic maintenance to prevent early and excessive wear. In fact, these agreements actually require homeowners to do their due diligence in this respect.
When consumers fail to meet basic warranty terms, they run the risk of having these agreements voided entirely. If this happens, all future repair costs must be paid out of pocket.
Regularly changing your heater’s filter can certainly pay off in other ways. As filters collect significant amounts of debris, they force heating systems to work harder. Extra and unnecessary work for this equipment often leads to problems with overheating, icing, and short-cycling among other things. Thus, not only does an old filter put you at risk of losing your manufacturer’s warranty, but it also increases the likelihood of wear-related issues.
It’s additionally important to note that air filter changes aren’t the only forms of HVAC maintenance that homeowners are held responsible for under the terms of manufacturer-issued warranties. Scheduling an annual heating maintenance service can save a lot of money and trouble as well.
2. Filter changes can lower your energy bill
When the filter in your heater is clean, your heating equipment doesn’t have to work as hard to bring indoor temperatures to the desired level. Thus, less energy is used each time the heater is turned on. Over the months and years, efforts to consistently check and change dirty filters can result in significant savings.
An excessively dirty filter isn’t a self-contained problem. When too much debris is allowed to collect on a filter’s surface, it will eventually get blown off. Over time, this loose-floating matter can block air vents and other passageways, making it harder for heating systems to distribute air effectively. This is what causes them to work harder, and it’s also what leads to extra wear and tear.
3. Basic maintenance can prolong the lifespan of your heater
Not only do heaters develop fewer repair issues when their filters are routinely changed, but they also tend to last a lot longer. Estimated lifespans for heating equipment are based upon the assumption that those who own them will be performing basic maintenance as suggested by the product manufacturer. All heater manufacturers recommend routine filter changes as part of basic heating system maintenance.
4. Enjoy a higher indoor air quality
Whether basic or advanced, the filtration system in your heater enables this equipment to both warm the indoor air and filter out airborne particulates. When clean, this component can be especially effective at collecting things like:
- Pet dander
- Mold and plant spores
If you change your filter regularly, the air that gets circulated throughout your home will have far less of an impact on your health. This is especially true for anyone who’s living in the household with a chronic respiratory condition. Minimizing the number of airborne particulates within the living environment can prevent issues such as asthma, allergies, and even COPD from being exacerbated.
5. Your home will smell better
Most people are familiar with the dry, burnt smell that heaters emit when their air filters and other components are covered in dirt and debris. This is a very common odor when heaters are first turned on at the start of the winter season.
Routine filter changes throughout all four seasons can prevent this. When dirt and other elements aren’t allowed to build up on this component, they’re less likely to be blown loose. They get trapped in the ductwork, in the air registers, or on other air distribution features.
Filter changes are quick and easy to perform. With minimal effort, you can keep your indoor air cleaner and your home smelling fresh.