4 Surprising Costs That You're Incurring By Not Changing Your Furnace Filter

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How often do you change your furnace filter? If you're not changing your furnace filter every month, you could be racking up costs without even knowing it. While it seems innocent enough, forgetting to change your filter can have devastating consequences, especially if you go a long time without changing yours out. Following are four surprising hidden costs that you may incur if you don't change out your furnace filter regularly. Fortunately, all of these costs can be reduced by simply remembering to change your filter. 

Higher Utility Costs

Your HVAC system relies on a constant supply of fresh air to run efficiently. A clogged furnace filter disrupts air flow and makes it harder for your furnace to keep your home at the desired temperature. Your furnace and air conditioning unit will run more often and for longer periods of time to try to accommodate you, but it will use more electricity to do so. It is estimated that a furnace with a clogged filter uses 15 percent more energy than one with a clean filter. 

Indoor Air Pollution

In addition to financial costs, you may pay for a clogged furnace filter with your health. A clogged filter causes dust and debris to be circulated in your home, which can cause respiratory symptoms, such as asthma, a runny nose, and a sore throat, along with allergy-type symptoms. Poor indoor air quality has also been linked to headaches, fatigue, and cognitive deficiencies. 

Furnace Break Downs

A clogged furnace filter can cause a host of maintenance and repair issues. In fact, most breakdowns can be attributed, at least in part, to a dirty air filter. In addition to causing annoying and costly problems, such as a frozen coil in the summer or an overheated unit in the winter, a clogged filter can result in complete failure of the unit if measures aren't taken to correct the problem. 

Increased Fire Risk

If your filter is extremely clogged, it could start a fire. A severely blocked filter can create an air vacuum within your unit, causing your filter to be sucked back into the unit. If this happens, your unit could catch fire, placing you, your family, and your home in danger. 

A blocked furnace filter can cause all sorts of problems, most of them costly. If you want to maintain an efficient furnace and pay as little as possible to keep it operating, change your filter regularly. 

For more information, talk to an HVAC contractor like FHA Services.

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