Is It Time For A New Air Filter?

Posted: February 8, 2021

furnace air filters maineThroughout this winter, your propane furnace or heating oil furnace has been working hard to keep you and your family warm. One thing that will keep that going is a clean air filter. The air filter in your furnace removes dust, hair and other particles from the air that cycles throughout your Central Maine home.

Throughout the year, you should check your air filter about every three months. And during the winter, when your furnace is working overtime, you should check it monthly. If you have the disposable kind, all you have to do is replace yours on time. If your air filter requires cleaning, set aside a few minutes and take care of that as well.

Why Is A Fresh Air Filter Important?

It’s critical that you stay on top of changing or cleaning your air filter. If it gets clogged, the heated air will get trapped, unable to flow into your home. This will lead to furnace inefficiency—basically your heating system will have to work much harder than it should to properly heat your home.

Overworked Furnace: 4 Consequences

  1. Decreased efficiency: Dirty or clogged air filters cause your system to take an efficiency nosedive.
  2. Increased expenses: The dip in efficiency means your system has to work harder to heat your home, and that means more expensive heating bills.
  3. A drop in home comfort: When your furnace can’t move the air in your home the way it was intended to, your home will become less comfortable.
  4. Unnecessary repairs: If your furnace is overworked, you’ll see it wearing down. This extra wear and tear often results in otherwise unnecessary and potentially very expensive repairs. It could even require a complete upgrade, earlier than you were planning.

Here’s the bottom line: Taking the five to ten minutes needed to change or clean your air filter regularly can prevent many—if not all—of these problems. And replacement filters cost a lot less than furnace repairs!

Changing Or Cleaning Your Air Filter

If you’re not sure how to change or clean your air filter, check your owner’s manual. If you have any questions or problems, give us a call and we’ll be happy to help you!

If your furnace (or boiler) is giving you any trouble, contact us today. Let us know how we can help you keep your Central Maine home as comfortable and warm as possible throughout the winter!