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The Dangers of Running a Furnace Without an Air Filter

You may not think much about the air filter inside your furnace. However, if it isn’t replaced regularly, it can have a negative impact on your home’s air quality and the effectiveness of your heating system. Even worse than not replacing the furnace’s air filter is not using one at all.

The Air Filter Keeps the Furnace Clean

One of the major functions of the air filter is to keep dust and debris away from the motor blower and other internal furnace parts. Without a proper filter, this debris can result in parts working too hard or not working at all. If your furnace doesn’t seem to be working properly, then the folks at Fire & Ice Heating and Air in Youngwood can repair and maintain it for you. This is true whether it’s an electric or gas model. We can also do indoor air quality assessments to ensure that the air in your home is safe to breathe.

Dust and Debris Can Be Filtered Through the Home

The furnace< distributes hot air throughout the home via a series of ducts and vents. If there's a lot of dust or other debris in the furnace, then those particles can be spread throughout the house in a short period of time. This means that you could be breathing in harmful contaminants from a dirty furnace.

Don’t Panic If You Forget to Replace the Filter Right Away

If the furnace has only been without a filter for a few hours, it shouldn’t cause long-term damage to the unit. It also should be safe to breathe the air in your home. However, be sure to put a new filter in quickly, and you should make sure to have it replaced every 30 to 90 days.

If you’re in need of furnace repair or maintenance, then call Fire & Ice Heating and Air for an appointment today. In addition to furnace maintenance, we can also install or maintain boilers, thermostats, and other HVAC components throughout the Youngwood area.