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When is it time to replace my furnace filter?

furnace filter

There are many factors that determine when you will need to replace your furnace filter in your Cincinnati Home. Here are 4 questions to consider when it is the best time to replace your furnace filter!

What kind of furnace filter do you have?

One of the biggest influences on how often you need to change the filter is what type of filter you need to buy. Filters can vary from one another in several ways, based on what materials they’re made with, their form (pleated vs. panel), their thickness, and other variations.

We know that everyone loves to cut costs, by buying a cheap air filter most likely means that you will have to replace it more often. In the long run, you end up spending more vs. buying a higher quality filter right off the bat. When you purchase your filter, it should have a recommended time on when it’ll need to be replaced. Some will need to be replaced monthly while others need to be changed every six months.

Do you care about saving money?

If you don’t think that changing your filter every couple month is important here are a few reasons why you should change the filter to your HVAC system.

  • The U.S. Department of Energy says that replacing a dirty filter with a clean one can lower your air conditioner energy consumption by 5 to 10%!
  • Not only will you save money on your energy bills, but you will also save tons of money on your heating and cooling system. A dirty filter restricts airflow forcing your system to work harder. This will cause wear on your system and create issues that require repair. Continuous strain on your system will also lower the lifespan on your system.
Do you have allergies?

Another factor about how often you should change the air filter comes down to the occupants of your home. If you have anyone who suffers from poor allergies you should plan on changing your filters more often than recommended. This will help prevent dust build-up and remove allergens in your home. If the filter is full and dirty it wouldn’t be able to trap them.

Are there pets in your home?

So, do yourself and your HVAC system a favor and don’t forget to change out your air filters. Nelson Comfort offers filter replacement services and provides quality filters as well as installation for services hard to reach places.

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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