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Dirty Furnace Air FilterNow that we’re well on our way into the winter months, it’s a good bet that you’ve had your heater running quite a bit recently.

It’s hard to beat watching a movie under a blanket with the heater going. Cozy at it is, you should seriously consider the quality of the air coming from your furnace during the winter months.

With the heater running the most in the winter, your furnace filter is put to the test. Depending on a number of factors (frequency of use, pets, smokers in the household, and so on), your furnace filter can become too clogged up to function properly rather quickly.

Newer furnace filters catch very small particles in the air and generally last around 3 months. If you haven’t changed yours recently, you may be breathing in lower quality air, possibly containing dust, pet dander, mold spores, and even bacteria.

When a filter becomes clogged up, a number of detrimental things happen. First is the air quality drops. Particles caught on the filter become so packed together that the filter no longer functions properly. Further airflow can dislodge tiny particles like bacteria and push them through the filter and into your home. These types of particles can lodge deep within lungs and cause serious health issues over time.

Next, you’ll notice that anyone with allergies or asthma in your home start having attacks more frequently. This is directly related to the drop in air quality and more particles being pushed into the air by your heater.

Finally, the furnace begins to work harder to push the same amount of air into your home. As the filter becomes more and more clogged, the spaces for air to flow through it become fewer and fewer. The result is weaker air flow and higher energy bills as your furnace works harder to provide the same amount of heat.

So, what can you do to prevent all this? Call Atlas of course! We can provide you with quarterly filter changes, ensuring that your furnace is running optimally and the air you’re breathing is the highest possible quality. If your furnace is older and uses the old 1” thick pleated filters, you may want to consider changing them monthly. These filters are less efficient and clog up much faster.

If you’re unsure whether your furnace’s filter needs to be changed, you can check it yourself relatively easily. If it’s looks brown, black, or generally dirty, it could be time for a change. Remember, the rate at which your filter becomes clogged depends entirely on the household.

Contact Atlas today to schedule regular maintenance services! We handle all of your heating and air conditioning needs in Santa Rosa!

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