keeping your HVAC system running efficiently

Do you know what it takes to keep your home heating system working efficiently? Most people know that the filters need to be changed from time to time, but exactly when should you be changing them? What type of filter should you be using? Is there anything else that homeowners can do to ensure that the system they rely on to heat and cool their homes operates using as little energy as possible? My blog will show you all sorts of things about maintaining your home heating and cooling system. In the end, you will know just what to do to take care of your home's system.

3 Problems A Bad Filter Can Cause With Your Furnace

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If you've noticed that your furnace hasn't been working in its usual way, it can often be traced back to one or two reasons. One component which many homeowners easily overlook that can cause heating problems is the furnace's filter. Changing and keeping the filter clean can easily solve several problems. The three following problems are often traced to a clogged or damaged filter.

Furnace putting out little or no heat:

A common reason why some people call a furnace technician is that the furnace is not putting out enough heat, yet the furnace seems to be working normally. While poor heating can be caused by several components, one of the most easy-to-fix reasons is that the filter is clogged. A clogged filter restricts air flow, making it harder to get the warm air out into the room. Think of a clogged filter as being the same as putting a blanket over the heater's vents.

Constantly turning on and off:

A clogged filter can cause your furnace to turn on and off, or "cycle," more than usual. It disrupts the air flow and obscures the sensors, causing a false temperature reading inside the unit. The heat builds up inside the unit and makes your furnace "think" that your home is warm enough. However, the thermostat in the room keeps telling the furnace that the room is too cold, so the furnace turns on again and the cycle begins again.

Higher heating costs:

Dirty filters can cause your furnace to work harder with its constant cycling and attempts to force air through a clogged filter. Even if you don't notice your furnace is working harder, it will show up as a spike on your bill. Another way a dirty filter can cost you money is that the reduced air flow contributes to the buildup of silt and dust in the unit and shortens its lifespan, which means you will have to replace your unit sooner.

If you're having furnace issues and you can't remember the last time you changed the filter, if at all, then it might be a good time to do so. Many filters can be easily changed. How often they need to be changed depends on what kind of unit and filter you have. If you're not sure where to find your unit's filter, how to change it, or what kind you need, contact a heating and ventilation service like Butler Heating & Air to check things out. Have your furnace checked out and cleaned at least once a year before you begin running your furnace for the season. 

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16 December 2015