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Furnace Filters: How Often Should Minnesotans Check & Change?

Furnace FilterFor Minnesota residents, the furnace filter is a silent guardian preventing the irritable particles present in the indoor air in which we live from penetrating the indoor air in which we breathe.

Over time, this guardian can become clogged after holding back the dirt, dust, mold spores, pet dander, bacteria, virus-carrying particles, soot and other allergens present in the air.  This build-up compromises the filter’s ability to protect the air you breathe, and can result in everything from decreased furnace efficiency to increased energy costs.

While proper maintenance of a furnace filter is one of the most important ways to ensure the air quality inside your home, it is also – fortunately – one of the easiest.  Regular maintenance of a furnace filter seldom goes much further than visual inspection and adherence to a timeline.

For energy-efficient furnaces, built with filters designed to pull smaller electrostatically particles from the air, the most effective maintenance method is to visually inspect your filter each month.  If it is visibly dark or debris covered, simply replace the filter. Most manufacturers recommend high-efficiency filters be changed every three months or seasonally.

Older furnace filters block fewer particles, meaning less build-up, and less frequent need for replacement.  While a monthly visual check is still recommended, it is unlikely you will need to replace this filter more than once per year.

Of course, if you are unsure how to check your furnace filter – or are seeing frequent or unusually heavy build-ups – don’t hesitate to contact a Minnesota-based home heating professional.

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Furnace Filters: How Often Should Minnesotans Check & Change?

Furnace FilterFor Minnesota residents, the furnace filter is a silent guardian preventing the irritable particles present in the indoor air in which we live from penetrating the indoor air in which we breathe.

Over time, this guardian can become clogged after holding back the dirt, dust, mold spores, pet dander, bacteria, virus-carrying particles, soot and other allergens present in the air.  This build-up compromises the filter’s ability to protect the air you breathe, and can result in everything from decreased furnace efficiency to increased energy costs.

While proper maintenance of a furnace filter is one of the most important ways to ensure the air quality inside your home, it is also – fortunately – one of the easiest.  Regular maintenance of a furnace filter seldom goes much further than visual inspection and adherence to a timeline.

For energy-efficient furnaces, built with filters designed to pull smaller electrostatically particles from the air, the most effective maintenance method is to visually inspect your filter each month.  If it is visibly dark or debris covered, simply replace the filter. Most manufacturers recommend high-efficiency filters be changed every three months or seasonally.

Older furnace filters block fewer particles, meaning less build-up, and less frequent need for replacement.  While a monthly visual check is still recommended, it is unlikely you will need to replace this filter more than once per year.

Of course, if you are unsure how to check your furnace filter – or are seeing frequent or unusually heavy build-ups – don’t hesitate to contact a Minnesota-based home heating professional.

To receive all of the latest air conditioning tips, subscribe to the Welter Heating blog today.  And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and become a Welter Heating fan on Facebook.

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