Saving Your Furnace: Replacing Filters

Tony Oakman from Lee’s Heating and Air explains what to look for in making your furnace last longer.

Winter is here, and it’s the season where we see an increase in colds, allergies, itchy eyes and dry skin. But there is an easy and inexpensive way to decrease the amount of dust and allergens in your home this winter — the quick solution is found in what filters you use in your furnace.

Having an effective air-filtration system can expand the life of your furnace by decreasing the amount of dust and dirt that accumulates on the furnace’s components which can cause damage. In addition, a good air filter improves your home’s air quality and helps keep it cleaner…which is really important in winter months as more time is spent indoors than out.

The particles you breathe in your home come from a variety of sources including:

• Dust on floors or other surfaces that is disturbed by activity in the house.

• Dust generated by smoking, burning candles, cooking, doing laundry, etc.

• Hair and skin flakes from humans or pets.

• Particles from the outside air which come into your home with infiltrating air.

There are many different filters out there – how do we know which one is right for our furnace?
The most common furnace filter in stores is the disposable, fiberglass filter. While this type of filter is the least expensive, it is also the least effective because it’s designed to block only large dust and dirt particles. Smaller particles pass right through.

At Lee’s Heating and Air, we recommend using a pleated air filter, which incorporates a much denser mesh material to trap more sizes of dust and dirt particles. The pleated design of these filters increases the filter’s surface area, at the same time allowing for better air passage. This type of filter can be up to 50 percent more efficient than common fiberglass filters.

It’s important to change or clean your pleated filter every two to three months – remember that accumulated dust and dirt on your system’s components are the cause of up to 80 percent of repair calls to service technicians!

Changing your filters frequently is important, but you also need to make sure your furnace is running properly. Just like regular maintenance for your car, you need to get a check up on your furnace now to prevent expensive repairs while it’s freezing outside. You’ll also lower utility bills and be more comfortable this winter season.

Lee’s is now offering a check up for your furnace for just 49 dollars. But that’s not all…at Lee’s we really do care about you, so we’ll also give you a certificate good for a one hour massage at Massage Envy. It’s the perfect time of year to receive the gift of relaxation for yourself or a loved one. Call 801-747-LEES now and you can relax this winter.

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