by Sylvia Richardson
(Los Angeles, California ,USA)
Your furnace is probably one of the largest consumers of energy in your home. It makes sense that you should want to take into consideration any and all different types of ways to keep those costs lower.
One of the simplest yet most effective methods to keeping your furnace running efficient is to simply change the furnace filters often.
Both your air conditioning units and your heating units have filters that allow air to pass through them.
When your filters are clogged with dust and other stuff, it makes it harder for the air to get into your unit and therefore makes the unit work harder.
The harder that it works, the more energy it needs to have. In fact, if they are overly clogged up, you can cause your entire unit to become overheated and then find problems such as your compressor going.
See, the problem here is not the costs though. Your filters are likely to cost just a few dollars and they are even easy to replace.
Yet, people just do not get to their furnace and take care of it as often as they should. You should check your furnace filters each month.
There are two different types of filters you can use. The first is the standard type and these are very inexpensive to purchase and are disposable.
Many people dispose of these each month just to make it easier on themselves instead of having to bother with checking them.
If you purchase other type, which is a more expensive, allergen and small particle filter, you may not want to dispose of it each month.
Rather, put it up to the light to see if in fact light can make it through. If not, then it is time to replace them which is likely to be one time every three or so months.
You may also have a self charging electrostatic filter. These filters still need your attention at least each month.
Here, you will want to clean them monthly by rinsing them from the clean side. These usually need to be replaced one time every several years.
Another benefit that you can get from your furnace is to insure that you have it checked and cleaned each year. You should do this as it can help to improve the overall efficiency of the unit.
Most heating and cooling experts say that having the unit checked each month can help you to save throughout the year and keep you from having to replace the unit too soon.
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