It’s not every day that you think of your furnace air filter until it gets dirty and causes problems in your unit and living space. This cold season, consider including filter cleaning and replacement on your priority list to avoid costly repair issues. Here are the problems caused by a dirty furnace filter this winter: Obstructed Airflow Most homeowners ignore replacing their air filters as long as they feel the heat from their units. What they don’t know is that they are not getting the most of efficient and proper heating due to obstructed airflow. Blocked airflow does not only consume more energy but can also cause stress to the vital components of the unit as it doubles the effort to meet your heating demands. Uneven Indoor Temperature Hot and cold spots can occur inside your home if proper airflow is restricted by the clogged or dirty air filter. The dirt, debris, and other tiny particles accumulating and thriving on your air filter can cause temperature imbalance in each room, resulting in great discomfort to you and your family. Skyrocketing Energy Bill Clogged air filter plus the excessive effort of your unit is equal to a high energy bill. Clogged air filter unquestionably causes your unit to work harder to meet your comfort needs this winter. As it doubles the effort, it also doubles the utility cost you receive every month. Bring back the normal operation of your furnace by changing its air filter regularly. Costly Unit Repair or Early Replacement A clogged air filter may sound like a simple thing and replacing it could solve the issue right away. But the problem is many homeowners tend to ignore this simple DIY task. They only realize their negligence when they are facing costly unit repair or early replacement. Poor Indoor Air Quality A good indoor air quality is important for your health. However, this is often compromised due to a dirty air filter. If your unit operates with a clogged filter, it can blow contaminated air inside your home and increase the risk of respiratory illnesses, allergies, and other health problems. So be sure to keep your furnace filter clean to protect your family from potential health risks. You don’t need to be an expert to replace your air filter at home. All you need to do is to change the old and dirty air filter with the new one at least once every month. If you have more questions about indoor air quality and proper airflow, call our team at Hightower Service, Inc. today.