We get a good number of avoidable calls from our Indianapolis HVAC customers. It seems no matter how many times we talk to our customers about basic furnace maintenance tips, they forget to practice the basics that can save frustrations and money. The biggest and perhaps highest impact activity you can build into your home maintenance habits is to change your furnace air filter. What happens when you don’t? Well, your HVAC system is engineered to take in and distribute a certain amount of air contingent upon the size and design of your home. An impact on the return air, can have devastating consequences to the whole HVAC system, up to and including replacement.
There are many types of filters for your HVAC system. Most furnaces come equipped with a 1 inch filter rack. Depending on the type of filter you put in, these can last from 1 – 3 months. Even if you have the 3 month versions, when your furnace is working hard, you’ll probably want to reduce that timeline. If your furnace has a 3 or 5 inch thick filter, you are likely safe through an entire winter season. However, if your system starts to slow down, or you see any ice buildup either on the outside unit (if you have a heat pump) or the inside coils, you should definitely check the filter first.
With the weather we’ve been having this winter in Indianapolis, your HVAC system has been working overtime. So, it stands to reason that more air is circulating through your furnace. More air going in, means more stuff getting caught in the filter. As noted above, once you know your type of filter you should put together a schedule. If you have a Google or Outlook calendar, put it on there. I also advise stocking up when you do make the trip to the local hardware store. If the filters are stored in the closet, you’ll be more likely to stay on top of it.
If your furnace is still acting up, please give us a call at 317.670.0171 so we can make sure your home stay warm this winter.
Don’t Forget about the Homesense Furnace Replacement Special going on until the end of February 2011!