By DON RACKLER, Jon Wayne Heating & Air Conditioning
Even in San Antonio, where winters are relatively short compared to other areas of the nation, furnace maintenance is important. Professional furnace maintenance helps ensure safe and efficiency operation. When your heating system runs efficiently, it saves you money. Changing filters once a month is a project most homeowners can perform themselves. Monthly filter maintenance is recommended because when filters become clogged, your system has to work harder to force warm air in to your home. Essentially, this means higher heating costs to you.
Filters also work to clean debris and dust from the air, resulting in better indoor air quality. Homeowners should not assume that because the cold weather only lasts for two or three months that furnace maintenance can be overlooked. Changing your filters on a monthly basis results in lower energy costs, longer life for your heating and AC system, and cleaner, healthier air inside your home.
It is even more important that filters be changed regularly if a smoker lives in the home or pets are kept indoors. These conditions mean that your filters gets clogged even faster.
There are several different types of filters that are used today depending on what type of system you have. Paper and fiberglass filters are commonly used. Some are even made of aluminum. Common inexpensive disposable models are usually the least effective for filtering out dust and smaller particles, which means inferior air quality inside your home. There are some extended use disposable media models that do a superior job of filtering the air while still maintaining sufficient airflow necessary for AC systems. The best air purifiers for use with combination heating and cooling central systems are combination media (disposable element) and electronic models. These models require professional installation.
Furnaces typically collect a great deal of pollen, dust, animal dander and other pollutants; this means that anyone living in your home with asthma, allergies or other respiratory problems may find their symptoms aggravated when the air is not effectively cleansed. This is one more reason that frequent filter changing and furnace maintenance is essential, no matter how short the winter season is.Jon Wayne Heating and Air Conditioning
services San Antonio and the nearby communities of Boerne, Bulverde, Devine, Hondo, Kenedy, Karnes City, La Vernia, Natalia, New Braunfels, Seguin and Comal County.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about furnace maintenance and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide
Jon Wayne Heating & Air Conditioning
9272 US Highway 87 E
San Antonio, TX 78263