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Four key reasons to change your HVAC air filter regularly

change filterWhen was the last time you checked or changed your HVAC equipment’s air filter? (C’mon… be honest!)

If you can’t recall the last time you checked, or if you know it was sometime before the holidays, you’re not alone. But, you also wouldn’t be alone if you end up with a heating system problem caused by a clogged air filter.

Professionals recommend filters should be changed seasonally, or a minimum of twice a year, especially at the height of heating and cooling season. Realistically, you should avoid going more than three months without swapping your dirty filter for a new one.

Why is changing your air filter so important? Consider these benefits:

  1. It will extend the life of your equipment. Did you know that one of the most common reasons for a heating or cooling system breakdown is a dirty air filter? A clogged air filter will make your system overwork to do its job; over time, that consistent overwork will lead to more maintenance, more costly HVAC repairs, and an earlier retirement for your equipment.
  2. It will help keep energy costs down. Remember that overwork we talked about? It costs your system efficiency, too – and lost efficiency means lost dollars for you every month.
  3. It will help you maintain indoor air quality. An HVAC filter helps control airborne allergens and microorganisms in your home – but only if it’s not clogged. Changing your air filter is particularly important if someone in your family suffers from allergies or asthma – especially if you have a few furry friends at home too!
  4. It will give you peace of mind. Change your air filter regularly and you’re much less likely to experience a problem with your heating system when it’s running full strength – that is, on some of the coldest days of the year. Isn’t it worth a few dollars a month to avoid a no-heat emergency?

Of course, changing your HVAC filter isn’t the only care you should give to your heating system: routine preventive maintenance is also critical. An expert heating technician will check electrical connections, examine the unit for fire hazards, make sure the unit not emitting an excess of carbon monoxide, examine and calibrate the thermostat and make sure the system is running at its best.

Does your HVAC need a little TLC? Contact the pros at Lamparelli today for expert heating system service and repairs in our Boston Metro service area.