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When you run your heating system, air is sucked through your unit, heated, and blown through the house to raise the indoor temperature. Simple, right? While the process is relatively simple (as long as you don’t get into the nitty-gritty details) there are some factors that can have a big impact on your ability to warm your home that might slip under the radar as unimportant.

No, we aren’t discussing any big mechanical parts that need repairs or replacement. Instead, we are talking about the effect of something that is seemingly inconsequential: your air filter. Of course, we are discussing your air filter because it actually is very important to keep this part of your heater in good condition!

What Your Air Filter Does

When you run your heater, the system draws in air from into the cool air return. That air then passes through a filter before it enters the main bulk of your heater, getting rid of any dirt, dust, and other debris that would otherwise clog your system and enter your home.

What Can Go Wrong?

As you can probably imagine, over time all the air passing through the filter with have an effect. This is because the dirt, dust, pollen, fur, and other contaminants that are in the air about to be heated are instead caught in the filter. And that is where they stay.

Imagine a dust rag that you use repeatedly without cleaning it off–what happens to the dust rag after a few months? Much like a clogged, dirty and ineffective dust rag, a filter that isn’t cleaned or replaced regularly won’t be able to do its job and can even negatively impact your furnace’s ability to heat your home.

How does that dirty filter hinder your furnace exactly? By reducing the airflow that it has access to. Less air in means less air being heated and blown into your home.

How to Fix Your Filter

So now the question is what do you do if you have a bad filter? There are a few courses of action to take:

  • If it is a reusable filter: If the filter is reusable you should be able to brush or wipe off the larger debris and then rinse it in the sink.
  • If it is a disposable filter: If your system has a disposable filter you can put the old one in the trash and replace it with a new filter.
  • If there are other issues: A filter that is torn or improperly installed will also need to be replaced.

For any filter troubles or other heating services in Prescott Valley, AZ that you might need, make sure you contact a professional. No job is too big or too small when your heater and your comfort is at risk. Our team can help you optimize your heater operation and keep your home cozy all winter long.

We’ve been providing honest comfort solutions to the Prescott area for more than 15 years. Contact Cool Touch Air Conditioning and Heating today for your next service.

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