4 Types of Furnace Problems Caused by Dirty Air Filters

4 Types of Furnace Problems Caused by Dirty Air Filters

Very few people love the act of cleaning their homes and making sure you get every nook and cranny when doing so can be a chore. While kitchen surfaces and bed sheets are easy to remember because we use them all the time, there are other parts of our home that need attention that we may forget about because we don’t see them often, like air filters. 


Air filters are designed to filter pollutants or contaminants out of the air that pass through them.  When they are cleaned and replaced, due to recommendations, they can help reduce airborne contamination, including particles containing viruses. Since air filters are tucked away and are intentionally hidden from the eye, some homeowners forget about them; they can become dirty and not functional over time. While a little dirt and dust doesn’t seem like a big deal, here are a few types of furnace problems they can cause. 


Excess use of energy


If your air filter is dirty or dusty, it makes it difficult for them to do their job properly. Your system will need to work extra hard to filter pollutants and therefore you’ll find your energy bills rising due to the excess energy usage it requires. Adding the stress of dirt or dust to your filters can make your furnace use more fuel than it normally needs to and, while this can make your utility bills slowly rise in the meantime, over time this can lead to costly repairs.


System breakage


Built-up heat and dirty/dusty air filters can stress your system to the point of breakage. If you don’t clean or replace your air filter when recommended by the manufacturer, you run the risk of significant breaks in your system like cracking the heat exchanger, damaging the blower motor, and overheating your furnace. All of these can lead to costly repairs and in some cases, a completely new system.


Poor quality of air at home


According to the EPA, in order for an air cleaner to be effective in removing viruses from the air, it must be able to remove small airborne particles. While air filters are not enough to completely protect you from viruses like COVID-19, having effective air flow in your home is important to your health and can be a part of the plan to reduce the potential for airborne transmission of these viruses when used along with other best practices recommended by the CDC. Having clean air filters keeps you and your loved ones breathing clean, fresh air at home.


Looking for additional air purification solutions, HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filtration systems and complete UV light air cleaners that integrate with warm-air heating/central air systems are ideal for creating an efficient air cleansing system for every room. To improve the quality of your indoor air, contact us at OSI Comfort Specialists to learn more about the best option for you. 


Home heating in New York


At OSI Comfort Specialists, our team of experts have decades of experience offering reliable furnace and heating repair services to homes in New York. With emergency services and over 70 years of experience, working with OSI Comfort Specialists can be a game changer. If you need help with your heating or air conditioning equipment, give us a call at 516-763-1400.

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