The Hidden Hero of Your Heat

Monday, December 19th, 2022

Heating systems rely on components to get the job done, from heating your home effectively, to making sure it uses as little fuel or energy as possible. It can only do this by working with some expertly crafted parts that are specifically designed to make the heater’s job easier and more efficient. This is how most of our modern machinery works!

Then, we get customers who might not understand how this system works, essentially owning one in their basement or crawlspace. It makes sense, everyone needs a heater, but there isn’t a mandatory class on how your heater works or what it does.

In the case of a vital component breaking, it might not be obvious to many of our customers when they need furnace repair in Bolingbrook, IL. This blog post will hopefully change that! Let’s talk about the hidden hero of your furnace and why you might want to take a look at it today.

The Filter Is Your System’s Hidden Hero!

Sitting in the return air duct of your forced-air heating system is an air filter. This isn’t just any air filter that you might use to improve your home’s air quality or catch dust, it’s an air filter specifically designed to protect the sensitive components inside your furnace. It’s a dual-purpose, powerful component that is important for a variety of different reasons–and it needs to be changed every once in a while.

When to Change Your Air Filter

Normally, for furnace repairs and small fixes, we’d ask you to contact a professional. But this is one of those rare cases where it’s actually encouraged that a homeowner performs this task instead! Changing your air filter is simple and effective and it should be done every 1-3 months depending on other factors such as pet dander, dust, and how often you run your heater.

Hidden Bonuses from a Clean Filter

Why is your air filter the hidden hero of your furnace system? It’s simple! It improves the quality, efficiency, and performance of your home’s heat and it does so in some interesting ways.

  • Better efficiency. Without dust or debris clogging up the system, a cleared air filter is going to protect the components of a furnace and allow it to work at peak efficiency and consume as little fuel or electricity as possible.
  • Better system performance. A furnace with a regularly maintained air filter is going to run better and more easily than a system that’s clogged up with dust, dirt, and debris from the atmosphere.
  • Higher air quality. Yes, the air quality will improve with regular maintenance of the air filter. That’s not what it’s intended to do, but it does help!
  • Better system longevity. Simply put, a furnace is going to last longer and run better throughout its lifespan if it has regular air filter changes. We’re not just talking about efficiency or performance, we’re talking about the number of times you need to call for repairs and the number of breakdowns you might experience. All of those can be shortened or mitigated through air filter changes.

Don’t hesitate to contact Comfort First Heating and Cooling, Inc., where we put your comfort first! 

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