5 Signs You Need a New Furnace Filter

5 Signs You Need a New Furnace Filter

  • Heating
furnace filter in Kingston by North Shore Home Energy

The average furnace has a variety of parts that allow it to heat your home. However, one part of the furnace homeowners can easily work with is the filter. The filter helps clear out the air that flows into the furnace to cool it down. While we clean it out during our maintenance visits, knowing how to do it yourself is very important. To replace it, you’ll first have to know when the filter needs replacing.

Here are five signs you should get a replacement furnace filter:

 

Low air quality

Your home’s air quality can suffer when your furnace has a dirty filter. The dust and contaminants that accumulate can often make you feel sick. If your allergies are hitting you harder lately, it might be worth checking the filter.

 

Visible dirt

It’s easy to tell if you need a replacement when you see your filter looking dirty. Dirty filters are usually gray and are covered in dirt and grime.

 

Regular replacements

There’s no exact “right” time you for replacing your filter. However, a common suggestion is every three months. You can tweak that suggestion depending on factors like your furnace’s workload or the presence of pets. If you need help determining the best ways or times to replace it, we can offer some advice.

 

Higher energy bills

Filters in need of replacement can put a damper on your furnace’s efficiency. Lower efficiency means your furnace will take more energy to heat your home, costing you more money. Also, inefficient furnaces tend to die out quicker. If you stay on top of your furnace filter’s health, you can save about 5-15% on energy costs.

 

Burning smells

A furnace’s filters or burner motor can smell like they’re burning when they overheat. This is because the clogged filter is causing your furnace to overheat, as it can’t get the airflow it needs to stay cool. A new filter can keep your furnace cool while it keeps you warm.

 

Why call North Shore Home Energy to keep my furnace working?

North Shore Home Energy LLC is a small local dedicated HVAC & Refrigeration service company in the North Shore providing excellent service to homes, businesses, and restaurants. With over 25 years in the industry, North Shore Home Energy is here to educate our customers on maintenance and strive for 100% customer satisfaction. Our attention to detail, on-demand service, and fair pricing will keep you running smoothly year after year. We are a proud participating contractor with the Mass Save program. Ask us about rebates up to $3,500 and 0% financing for 7 years. Call North Shore Home Energy today to learn more about keeping your furnace in good condition!

By Brian Renadette

5 Reasons to Call For a Furnace Inspection

5 Reasons to Call For a Furnace Inspection

  • Heating
furnace inspection in Kingston by North Shore Home Energy

With your AC properly shut down, it’s time to consider how you’ll stay warm this winter. You might have a furnace, but there’s a good chance you haven’t been using it and it has built up a bunch of dust. If you worry it might not work its best, you can always call us to perform a furnace inspection. By calling North Shore Home Energy for an inspection, you’ll be sure that your furnace will run through the winter!

Here are five reasons you should call us for a furnace inspection:

 

Extend your furnace’s life

We all know that ignoring the needs of your appliances and systems never leads to any good. Not getting regular maintenance for your furnace will hurt its energy efficiency and overall lifespan. Also, poorly-maintained furnaces are much more prone to breaking down.

 

Cheaper than full repairs

Furnace inspections cost money, but they’re a lot cheaper than repairing a broken furnace. If you call us for an inspection and we find any small problems, we’ll fix it up right then and there. This will protect your furnace from problems that could break your furnace in the future.

 

Ensure your furnace’s health

Sometimes you may not be sure whether your furnace needs to be replaced. When you get your furnace inspected, you’ll get a good idea of whether you need a replacement. If you’ve scheduled your inspection early in the season, you’ll have plenty of time to find a replacement.

 

Avoid dangerous gas leaks

Gas furnaces that aren’t properly cared for can be serious dangers for your family and home. They’re capable of creating carbon monoxide, a gas which is deadly to people and most animals. Also, damaged gas furnaces can leak flammable gasses that can ignite and cause a house fire.

 

Better energy efficiency

Running a furnace can take up a good part of your energy bill – about half of it annually, in most cases. Fortunately, regular inspections can reduce this percentage. Many mechanical problems can hurt your furnace’s efficiency, but they can be fixed or prevented with regular maintenance. Well-tuned furnaces can use about 30% less energy than usual.

 

What makes North Shore Home Energy the best choice for checking on my furnace?

North Shore Home Energy LLC is a small local dedicated HVAC & Refrigeration service company in the North Shore providing excellent service to homes, businesses, and restaurants. With over 25 years in the industry, North Shore Home Energy is here to educate our customers on maintenance and strive for 100% customer satisfaction. Our attention to detail, on-demand service, and fair pricing will keep you running smoothly year after year. We are a proud participating contractor with the Mass Save program. Ask us about rebates up to $3,500 and 0% financing for 7 years. Call North Shore Home Energy today to learn more about keeping your furnace working well!

By Brian Renadette