As we stare 2017 in the face, this is a time for personal reflection on the year that has passed as well as hope for the future to come. Most people make resolutions to lose weight, make more money, quit smoking, or be a better person. To that, we say: great! But we ask that you take on a smaller resolution that’s easy to do and that will save you time and money: treat your furnace well and change your filters regularly.
Don’t believe us? Consider the fact that millions of Canadians are losing efficiency with their furnaces, not to mention throwing away cash because their furnaces are working extra hard because the filters are filled with junk. When your furnace has to work harder to achieve the same level of comfort, it stresses the unit and leads to premature failure.
So, let’s go over what can happen if you don’t change your filter regularly and provide service to the unit itself:
- System inefficiency and failure: You’ll shell out much more money in the long run on new units and repairs than if you just did some preventive maintenance.
- Poor air quality: The air you’re breathing isn’t as clean as it could be, making you and your family sick.
- Dustier, dirtier living space: You’re essentially re-circulating dirty air throughout your home.
- Energy inefficiency: You’re making your HVAC system work harder than it has to, wasting energy and raising your bills.
Back to New Year resolutions…resolve to educate yourself further on MERV ratings and what they are. Recently, we’ve done a continuing series on MERV and how important those ratings are. As a recap, check out a couple of these articles, such as Top Three Reasons Why a HigherMERV Isn’t Better and EverythingYou Ever Wanted to Know About MERV.
Replacing your filter according to the recommendations on the box is key. Leave them in longer and you can risk all of the above. Change them when you should, and you’ll get peace of mind knowing your air is clean and your furnace is running efficiently. Here are some tips on when to replace your filter if you need help. Check out this quick tutorial regarding the lifespan of filters:
- One-inch thick filters last between one and three months
- Two-inch thick filters last between two and four months
- Four-inch thick filters and higher last between three and six month
Fun fact: did you know the top 10 most commonly broken New Year’s resolutions for Canadians are, in order:
- Lose weight
- Quit smoking
- Learn a new skill
- Eat healthier
- Save money
- Spend more time with family
- Volunteer more
- Drink less
Perhaps the reason they’re so easily broken is because they’re such lofty ideals; they seem doomed to failure from the start because they are so broad and overwhelming. You know what’s NOT overwhelming? Giving your furnace a little TLC and changing the filters throughout the winter.
There’s never been a better time to stock up now. And with free shipping and next-day delivery via Canada Post, you can start the new year off right with Filtration Montreal!