As we approach the end of October I am going to guess that most of us, if not all, have turned on the heat this fall. After all, we have had a couple chilly nights. Those of you up in The North East Kingdom of Vermont have had several hard frosts whereas here in The Champlain Valley our night time temperatures have yet to fall low enough for frost although chilly enough to turn the heat on.
For those of you that have Forced Hot Air heat you also have at least one Furnace Filter. Take a close look at today’s photograph and you see a horribly dirty and truly nasty filter on the left as compared to a brand new one on the right.
These filters “clean the air” circulating through the Hot Air heating system. All of the warmed air being pumped up into the house from the basement will pass through these filters. And, as you will quickly see the filter does trap a lot of nasty things that float around in the air. Most of what is trapped in the filter is dust along with spores, lint, dog and cat fur particles, and a myriad of other things that are really revolting.
If you check online, you can find the exact filter that fits your furnace and we will tell you that after extensive research lasting the better part of thirty seconds it will cost you in the $20 plus range to purchase a brand-new filter.
DO NOT try to shake out the dust and assorted horrid other floating things. The filter is designed to be used once and when it is dirty it should be thrown away and replaced with a brand-new clean filter.
Try to replace your furnace filter at least once every three months. However, it you have a dog or a cat that times shrinks to two months. Don’t ya just love Fido and Fifi around the house?
Here’s a great idea and a wonderful weekend project that you can easily do this weekend. Go down in the basement with a tape measure, paper and pencil, and measure the size of the furnace filter. Write down the brand of furnace and then go buy a new filter from one of any number of home supply stores. Later in the afternoon take out the old one and replace it with a brand-new filter. While you are there buy an extra filter so that you are prepared. The filter improves the efficiency of your furnace!
You will then be prepared for the next two or three months.