Is it time to change your furnace filter?

DSC_7705

Part of your home’s preventative maintenance this fall should include changing your furnace filter. A clogged filter reduces airflow, which costs you money by reducing how efficient your system is, and that means higher electricity bills and reduced lifespan of your furnace.  Here are more tips to reduce your energy bill.

 

To avoid higher energy costs and/or expensive repairs, please ensure:

1. Your furnace filter is examined monthly and replaced every 90 days (check the manufacturer’s recommendations for full details). Try adding a reminder to your calendar for the first day of each quarter.

2. Keep your cold air return registers clean and unobstructed.

Keep in mind that some filters perform much better than others. See my video for details.  

 

You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

6 Responses to “Is it time to change your furnace filter?”

  1. Calvin Clarke says:

    I have a “Dust Fighter” DFGold filter on mnu furnace. You demonstrated in your video the necessity to replace and the frequency of $10-$15.00 filters. How about the DFGold type of filters?.

    • Dave says:

      Hi Calvin,

      I would suggest you look at what the manufacturer recommends for your particular furnace. The manufacturer should have suggested the maximum MERV rated filter you should be using and you can base your purchase on that.

      Dave

  2. Alan says:

    Why are there arrows on the filter? The filter looks the same from both sides, so why is there a requirement for them to be placed in a certain direction?

  3. Bruce says:

    Hi Dave.
    You quickly mention the different price/quality of different filters.
    I’ve had SO many conflicting reports that I’m left not knowing which one is the best buy.
    I’ve been told not to waste my money on the expensive ones that the cheapo’s are all you need and vice versa.
    I have used the cheap ones and find they don’t seem at all dirty even after 90 days (still checked every 30)
    Interested in your thoughts…
    Bruce.

    • Dave says:

      Hi Bruce,

      Here is a link with details on filters that I posted in September http://davescorner.ca/time-change-filter/ that might help. As for cheap vs more expensive I would try both. If the cheap one isn’t getting dirty but the more expensive one is; I would stick with the more expensive one because it’s doing what you want it to do. The furnace manufacturer should have suggested the maximum MERV rated filter you should be using and you can base your purchase on that.

      Dave

Leave a Reply

® Direct Energy, Simple.Friendly.Direct and the Lightning Bolt design are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Direct Energy Marketing Limited in the United States and/or Canada. Use of such trademarks has been licensed by Direct Energy Marketing Limited to its various subsidiaries and affiliates.
© 2010 Direct Energy Marketing Limited, a subsidiary of Centrica plc. Centrica was created following the demerger of British Gas plc in 1997 and is now a leading supplier of energy and related services. To read more about Centrica plc please visit www.centrica.com. Direct Energy Marketing Limited, under the name Direct Energy, is licensed to market natural gas in Ontario under Ontario Energy Board gas marketing license #GM-2009-0058 and to market electricity in Ontario under the Ontario Energy Board electricity retailing license #ER-2005-0226. Direct Energy is not affiliated with any regulated gas or electricity distributor.
™Enercare and the design are trademarks of Enercare Inc., used under license.