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Change Your Furnace Filters

You’ve been reminded to change your furnace filters, told to do it each month. You’ve even bought extra filters to change them yourself in between maintenance visits by your technician. Did you change them though? Maybe you don’t have a technician that comes out twice a year to change your filters as part of their maintenance checks. At least you know the filters are changed twice a year.  What if you just thought to change your filter for the first time since 2009? We came across this situation last week and as you can see, the filter was very close to being 100% blocked.

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So what does this mean for your heating and cooling system? Lots!

  • The indoor air quality is signficantly reduced when a filter is dirty. If you have allergies or asthma the effects will be very apparent.
  • Energy consumption will rise due to the amount of additional work your system has to do. The fan motor will work overtime and the lifespan of the motor will decrease.
  • Airflow is signficantly reduced. You will literally feel the lack of air coming out of your registers with a filter this clogged.
  • Reduced airflow may also cause your coil to freeze up when the air conditioning is running which will leave you without cooling!

The bottom line is the overall lifespan of the system is greatly reduced when furnace filters are not changed on a regular basis.  Filters should be checked on a monthly basis and if filled with dirt or debris changed immediately. Your lungs will thank you, your family will thank you, and your pocketbook will definitely thank you because you have easily maintained a system that your home revolves around on a daily basis!

Early Fall?

As we continue on with 2014 in Omaha, we have seen many weather extremes from a cold dry start to the year to a wet and unseasonably cool spring and summer. As the last official days of summer wind down in the coming weeks if you step outside you are fully aware the seasons are changing. Furnace season is upon us. Some furnaces will start right up and others will just refuse to kick on.  For the unfortunate circumstances of a furnace not firing up when the thermostat is adjusted for the first time, it’s not the end of the world. Just a simple call for some routine maintenance is usually in order.

When the heating season comes earlier than normal like it seems to be this year, most people haven’t prepared ahead by having their furnace serviced. The good news here . . . it’s not too late. There will be plenty of warm days ahead before the drudgery of winter sets in.  Plan ahead now to get your furnace inspected and serviced before you really need it.

The advantages of planning ahead range from saving money to avoiding larger disasters like frozen pipes in the heart of a winter cold spell. There are a number of safety concerns too that if gone unchecked can cause issues such as carbon monoxide poisoning or other health issues. While in most circumstances immediate danger is not there, it’s better to take care of issues as they arise instead of waiting for what might happen down the road.

Enjoy the fall weather, football, and everything else that a change of season brings!