Why You Need to Change Your Air Filter More Often in Winter 

Why You Need to Change Your Air Filter More Often in Winter 

New Jersey homeowners know their furnaces or other heating systems need to be in top shop for the winter. The best and easiest way to ensure yours is running right all season long is to change your air filter, and to change it often.

Winter and summer are the times when HVAC systems are used most in our region, and with our long winters, it pays to change the filter at least once a month — every three months at maximum.

Here are some reasons why changing the filter is important this heating season.

1. A dirty air filter slows down your airflow.

When airflow slows down, it makes your heating system work harder to reach thermostat set points. When that happens, you use more energy and your utility bill goes up. Changing your air filter regularly can save you from 5 to 15 percent annually on your utility bill, according to data from the Department of Energy.

2. A dirty air filter can damage your HVAC system.

When airflow slows down, your furnace has to work harder to heat your home, creating more wear on the parts, so that the system is liable to break down and require repair or replacement before its time. A dirty air filter also doesn’t keep airborne particulates out of your HVAC system. When parts are dirty, they have to work harder, heating up and causing increased friction. Again, that can result in expensive damages or even the need to replace the entire system.

3. A dirty air filter compromises your air quality.

A clean, good quality air filter helps improve your air quality by catching such airborne pollutants as mold spores, pet dander, pollen, dust and insect parts (dust mites and others). This is particularly important in winter when you likely have the home closed up tight. A dirty air filter simply will not do the job of capturing airborne pollutants before they are recirculated into the home’s supply air.

To learn more about why it’s important to change your air filter, contact Aggressive Mechanical Contractors. We’ve served Monmouth County since 1948.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). 

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