air filters Category
The most important DIY task you can do for your cooling and heating system is regular air filter replacement. Nothing decreases system airflow like a dirty filter and insufficient airflow is the primary cause of poor cooling and heating performance, high operating costs and even premature component failure. So there’s no doubt that regular air filter replacement is well worth the effort. The question then becomes: how often is “regularly?”
Most experts recommend you at least visually inspect your filter once a month. If a glance at the filter media reveals that it’s dusty, damaged or damp, or you see any evidence of mold or mildew growth, go ahead and change it now. It’s inexpensive insurance. Filters purchased in multi-packs are economical; the whole procedure only takes a minute, and the minimal effort pays off with enhanced comfort, efficiency and better indoor air quality, too. Other factors, however, also tip the balance toward making monthly filter changes a regular habit, including:
- Your central A/C and furnace normally operate a total of at least six months out of the average year.
- Keeping furniture and other household surfaces dust-free seems like a losing battle.
- The household includes pets. Pet dander and pet hair are commonly airborne and end up circulating through the HVAC system ductwork and are captured by the filter.
- The home has many occupants. More people means more activity and stirred up dust and dirt that clogs the filter more rapidly.
- Anyone in the family is susceptible to airborne allergy triggers like dust, pollen or other particulates.
- Someone in the house smokes indoors.
- Your local climate is windy and outdoor air is often dusty.
- The home incorporates a working fireplace that is occasionally put to use.
- You live near a major traffic artery like a freeway or in a central urban area.
Contact the HVAC professionals at Apollo Heating, Cooling, Plumbing and Electric for more advice on when and how to do air filter replacement yourself.
When your furnace unexpectedly goes out, try these furnace troubleshooting tips before reaching for the phone. You may be able to restore the system yourself, eliminating the discomfort that an increasingly chilly home causes.
- The thermostat. Verify that the thermostat is set to heat and the temperature setting is above the air temperature by a few degrees. If in doubt, set the thermostat four degrees higher than the room’s air. Replace the batteries if it’s not hard-wired.
- No power. All gas furnaces have a switch located in the front of the blower compartment. Reset it by pushing it or moving it to its “on” position. If it doesn’t start soon, check the circuit breaker. If the breaker tripped, reset it. If the circuit breaker trips soon after resetting it, call your HVAC contractor for professional help.
- Dirty air filter. Almost all gas furnaces have safety switches inside them that turn the furnace off when there isn’t enough air flowing through them. When furnace troubleshooting, look at the air filter. If it’s covered with dust, it won’t allow enough air into the blower compartment and if it continues to run, the components would build too much heat, creating a safety hazard. During the winter when the furnace runs routinely, it’s a good idea to check the air filter monthly and change it when it’s dirty.
- Blocked flue. If the flue vent is blocked, the furnace will automatically shut off. If you can’t access it easily, call your HVAC contractor.
- Ignition problems. Diagnosing ignition problems is fairly easy with a furnace that uses a standing pilot light. If the pilot goes out periodically, clean the thermocouple and the pilot. If the pilot still goes out, the thermocouple may need replacing. If your furnace has electronic ignition, it uses a furnace ignitor. This part uses a filament that creates a spark to ignite the fuel. They can and do wear out and should be replaced by an HVAC professional.
For more tips about furnace troubleshooting, contact Apollo Heating, Cooling and Plumbing, serving homeowners in the greater Cincinnati area since 1910.
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