What Can Happen If You Have the Wrong Furnace Filter?

November 10, 2017
Furnace Filter

Part of being an Overton, Texas, homeowner is regular home maintenance. With chilly weather quickly approaching, it’s time to change your furnace filter. It’s important to choose the correct furnace filter to avoid problems.

Common Filter-Related Problems

Dirty filters suffocate your home’s heating system and make it work harder than it ought to. If your furnace has a pressure drop, it can’t breathe at all, resulting in higher heating costs and possible break down. Dirty filters can also collect moisture from condensation which leads to mold problems. Mold growth on filters gets circulated through your entire home. Not only can you get sick, but you could also face costly repairs or system replacement.

Without the correct size filter, dirt and dust recirculates, creating indoor air quality issues. Your family could develop chronic allergies and experience flare-ups in asthma symptoms. Over time, poorly filtered air affects overall health.

Filters that are too thick restrict airflow. This can cause your HVAC unit to work overtime and result in breakdowns and shorter system life. You want a filter that cleans the air, but not one that’s so thick your system can’t intake air properly.

Without the right filter, your furnace will have problems regulating your home’s temperature this winter.

Choosing the Right Filter

Changing your furnace filter is fairly easy. Find your intake and open it. Remove the filter; it should have measurements on it. If not, just measure the length and width of the opening. Clean the vent covering the intake and insert the new filter. It should have no more than half an inch of space on each side.

If you’re not sure what to do or which filter to choose, an HVAC technician can help you. If you’re enrolled in a preventative maintenance agreement, your filters get changed as part of your regular inspections. At JD’s Air Now, we’re glad to help. Give us a call at (903) 759-7483 for information on our furnace service options today.

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