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Importance of a Clean Furnace Filter


A clean air filter is essential to optimizing the performance of your home’s heating and cooling equipment. It is a quick and easy maintenance step you should be performing on a regular basis — here’s why:

A clean furnace filter saves energy and lengthens service life

A dirty air filter lowers heating and cooling system efficiency, forcing the system to use more energy to move hair into the home. Higher energy use translates to higher utility bills, which is something most homeowners would like to avoid. By replacing a clogged air filter with a new, clean air filter, you can reduce your air conditioner or heating system’s energy consumption by as much as 15 percent.

When your furnace, heat pump, or air conditioner has to work harder to move air through a dirty filter, more stress is placed on the system and its vital components. Continuing to operate your heating and cooling systems with dirty filters in place can cause equipment to overheat and break down. You’ll be looking at more frequent repairs and possibly replacing your HVAC equipment years before you expected to.

Clean furnace filters improve indoor air quality

There are a lot of contaminants inside your home, many of which are easily picked up and moved through your HVAC systems. Your furnace filter traps these particles, removing them from your indoor air. If your air filter is dirty, it can’t trap harmful particles such as bacteria and allergens, diminishing your indoor air quality. Breathing these contaminants on a regular basis can negatively affect your health.

Clean furnace filters equal a clean home and HVAC system

Removing contaminants from your air supply means they’ll be removed from your living areas, keeping them cleaner. Circulating dust, dander, dirt, and other debris can settle on surfaces throughout the home; a clean air filter helps you combat this mess, keeping your home cleaner. As your air filter removes harmful particles from your indoor air supply, it is also keeping these contaminants out of your HVAC system. With a dirty filter, dirt and debris can build up in the system, damaging components and causing your system to use more energy.

Contact Nelson Comfort today to learn more about furnace filters and high-efficiency filtration solutions for your Cincinnati home.

About The Author


Dan Detmer

Dan Detmer is the owner of Nelson Comfort. Dan was born into the heating and cooling industry, coming from a family of well respected HVAC contractors in Dayton, Ohio. After working in the family business, Dan decided to work for a local HVAC wholesale business helping local contractors grow their business. When he felt his heart moving him back into the residential and light commercial business, Dan joined the Mortimer Heating & Cooling team in Cincinnati, where he had called home and become part of the community for several years. After a short period of time Dan purchased the company and created what is today, Nelson Comfort. Today he operates a company based on integrity, honesty, and stellar customer service. If you have any questions feel free to tweet (at sign) NelsonComfort and we will get right back with you!

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