How to Choose Between a Disposable and High Efficiency Furnace Filter


Furnace filters were originally designed for protection. But with rising concerns for indoor air quality, high efficiency furnace filters with denser media are becoming the norm. Electrostatic filters, electronic air cleaners, HEPA filters, and allergen filters are sweeping the market and providing health benefits for homeowners. But that isn’t the whole picture.

While disposable filters do not provide significant indoor air quality benefits, they have provided homeowners with years of dependable performance by providing proficient air flow to the furnace. Air flow is the most important factor ensuring your furnace does not overheat which could cause costly mechanical damage. If indoor air quality is not a chief concern, many homeowners wonder is a high efficiency filter worth it? The answer may be no.

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Your Furnace Filter; the Key to Prevent Emergency Repairs


Most homeowner’s don’t realize that the key to keeping your furnace from breaking down unexpectedly is to change your furnace filter as often as needed as a part of your furnace’s regular maintenance.

Why is this? It may seem simple but the filter on your furnace was designed first and foremost to protect the mechanical parts of the furnace to allow them to operate at their peak performance and efficiency. Your furnace operates based on air flow. What this means is, if air flow is inhibited by a clogged filter, your furnace is in danger of overheating and failing as a result. Think of your furnace like a hair dryer. What would happen if you blocked the air intake of a hair dryer when it was turned on? The lack of air flow would cause the dryer to overheat causing a most unpleasant styling experience. However, a minor burn can seem less painful compared to an overheated furnace that requires costly, yet unnecessary repairs.

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The Worst Fire Hazard in Your Home Is Not What You Thought – Your Dryer Vent


Most homeowners don’t realize that one of the biggest fire risks in their home isn’t that candle left unattended or the cigarette butted in the planter – but in fact is something that nearly every home has, a dryer vent. Dryer vents were traditionally installed in places in the home that could be vented directly to the outside of the home without excessive length or bends. Usually this is in the basement where the mechanical room and floor drain is located. A straight dryer vent vented outside of the basement or main floor is easily maintained and unclogged therefore decreasing any fire hazard associated with the very flammable dryer lint, which accumulates inside dryer vents.

Most homes today feature laundry rooms that are located in other locations with convenience for homeowners in mind.

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