How Often Should You Change your Furnace Filter?

Find out how often the furnace filter in your home should be changed. If it’s not, and dust accumulates on the old filter, it can cause a fire hazard or even damage to your furnace.

It’s important to keep your furnace filter clean for two reasons: 

  1. Safety 
  2. Efficiency

A dirty filter can cause a fire hazard, and it can also damage your furnace. Furnace filters should be changed every 3 months, depending on the type of filter you have and how often your furnace is used. In this blog post, we will discuss the different types of furnace filters and how often they should be replaced.

Different Types of Filters

There are two main types of furnace filters: 

  • Disposable  

Disposable filters are made of paper or fibreglass and need to be replaced every few months.

  • Washable

Washable filters are made of metal or plastic and can be reused many times over.

How Often Should You Change Your Filter?

The frequency with which you need to change your filter depends on the type of filter you have and how often your furnace is used. 

For example, if you have a disposable paper filter, you will need to replace it every few months as mentioned previously. 

If you have a washable metal or plastic filter, you can reuse it many times before it needs to be replaced.

Without a new air filter, the furnace will overheat every time it starts up again. This is referred to as short cycling. Dirty furnace filters cause your furnace to work harder than it should due to a decrease in airflow. The harder your furnace works, the quicker its parts will wear out and need repairs

Your furnace also need cleaning often to help maintain the furnace. See below for more information about this service.

Furnace Cleaning

For most homes, you should ideally clean it either before or after winter. Once you have your furnace system on a regular cleaning schedule of every 1-2 years, (depending on kids and pets present), you will see a noticeable improvement in many areas: your heating bill, less dust in your home and a healthier environment to name a few. Click the link to view our Furnace cleaning service page

If you have any questions about furnace cleaning and filters, contact Big Ben Cleaning. We would be happy to help! As a professional carpet and furnace cleaning company that has been serving the Calgary Area for over 35 years, we pride ourselves on providing our customers with the highest quality of service and customer satisfaction. Contact us today for a free estimate!

Thank you for reading! We hope this blog post has been informative and helpful. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us anytime. We would be happy to answer them!

The Team at Big Ben Cleaning Inc.