For some homeowners in the Peninsula or San Francisco area it may seem like you have to replace your furnace filter more often than you should. Maybe you’ve noticed airflow doesn’t seem as strong as it once did. There are a few issues that may be causing this problem, which we’ll talk about below. In the majority of cases there’s a simple solution when your furnace filters frequently become clogged.
First, is your thermostat set to “auto?” This is where it should be set, however, if you have it set to “on,” the fan will run continuously, meaning, it’s filtrating the air 24 hours a day. This results in quicker build up of dust, dirt, hair, pet dander and other debris in the filter. Setting the thermostat on “auto” will likely take care of the problem.
Have a wood burning stove, pet, or someone who smokes in your home? Pets that shed a lot, or the dust and smoke from a wood burning stove, can cause your furnace filter to clog quicker, as can cigarette smoke, ashes, and even burning candles on a regular basis. If this is the case, you may just have to put up with changing or cleaning your filter more often.
Dirty ducts. The ductwork, or system of ducts that deliver heated or cooled air to your home, can be the cause of a lot of problems, including clogged filters and poor indoor air quality. Dust, dirt, mold, and other debris can build up in your ducts over time, so it may be that a good duct cleaning would take care of the filter issue.
Whatever the cause, it’s important to check your furnace filters each month, or even consider a higher quality filter if those you’re using are cheap or of a lower quality. Furnace filters that are continuously clogged can result in major (and costly) breakdowns of your system, so be sure to check them on a frequent basis.
For guidance on choosing the right furnace filter for your needs, or duct cleaning, trust the Bay Area HVAC professionals at Ortiz Heating & A/C. Give us a call today for all of your home comfort needs!