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Don't Let Your Furnace Filters Look Like This!

Richey Property Management - Monday, February 5, 2024

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The Consequences of Neglecting Your Furnace Filter: A Costly Oversight

Your furnace works tirelessly to keep your home warm and cozy during the cold months, and while it may seem like a self-sufficient appliance, there's one critical component that often goes unnoticed—the furnace filter. Neglecting this small but essential part can lead to a cascade of problems that not only compromise your indoor air quality but also affect the efficiency and lifespan of your heating system.

In most leases, the tenant is required to change these filters regularly - usually every two to three months or so.  Ensuring this happens is important so your system isn't compromised.

The Forgotten Hero: Furnace Filters

Furnace filters play a vital role in maintaining the overall health of your heating system. They are designed to trap dust, dirt, pollen, and other airborne particles, preventing them from circulating through your home. Over time, however, these filters become clogged with debris, hindering their ability to function properly.

So, what happens if you don't change the furnace filter?

Reduced Efficiency:

As the furnace filter becomes clogged, it obstructs the airflow, forcing your heating system to work harder to push warm air throughout your home. This increased strain on the system leads to reduced efficiency, causing higher energy bills and a potential decline in overall performance.

Increased Energy Costs:

A clogged furnace filter not only makes your heating system less efficient but also forces it to consume more energy. This results in higher energy bills as the furnace struggles to maintain the desired temperature. Regularly changing the filter is a simple and cost-effective way to ensure your heating system operates at peak efficiency.

Poor Indoor Air Quality:

The primary function of a furnace filter is to capture and remove airborne particles, preventing them from circulating in your home. When the filter is neglected, it loses its effectiveness, allowing dust, allergens, and pollutants to be distributed throughout your living space. This can lead to respiratory issues, allergies, and an overall decline in indoor air quality.

Shortened Lifespan of Your Furnace:

Just as your car requires regular maintenance to ensure a long and healthy life, your furnace needs proper care to extend its lifespan. A neglected furnace filter forces the system to work harder, contributing to wear and tear on various components. This can lead to premature breakdowns and costly repairs, ultimately shortening the overall lifespan of your heating system.

Changing your furnace filter regularly or reminding your tenant to do so is a simple yet crucial task that often gets overlooked. By neglecting this small but significant component, you risk reduced efficiency, increased energy costs, poor indoor air quality, and a shorter lifespan for your heating system. 

Figure out ways to send reminders to your tenant either by email reminders or even purchasing the filters and having them delivered to the tenant every 2-3 months.  In our company, we have a program that delivers filters to tenants every quarter with date stamps  on them to give that extra reminder and assurance that the filters will get changed.

Make it a habit to check and replace your furnace filter at least every three months, or more frequently if you have pets or family members with allergies. This small investment of time and effort will pay off in the long run, ensuring a warm, comfortable, and efficient home during the colder months.