With the cold weather approaching one of the things you might not be thinking of is your furnace filter. Changing or cleaning out your furnace filter can be one of the most forgotten jobs on your list of chores, which is understandable, but it is actually very important. Your furnace filter is located between your furnace and your duct work . The way it works is, your filter catches large and small particles and debris that could potentially get into your system and ruin the working parts. The reason changing your furnace filter gets neglected is, we can’t see most of the particles floating around in our home, so it’s out of sight, out of mind. 9 out of 10 new clients we service have never or rarely changed their furnace filters. So don’t feel bad about it if you haven’t become regular about changing it, it is never too late to educate yourself on indoor air quality for your home. We are here to help! At Bell Brothers, we recommend that you check on your filter about every 30 days and replace your filter every 6 to 8 weeks, maybe even once a month if you’re on top of it. A dirty or clogged filter can account for up to a 10% increase in operating costs and in the long run shorten the life of a unit. There are many different types of filters such as disposable, media and permanent lifetime washable filters. The most common are disposable filters which can be found at any retail store. Furnace filter sizes depend on the type of furnace you have. You will need to know the make and model of your furnace, just like you would if you were ordering a part for your car. Indoor Air quality in Sacramento is a big issue. In Sacramento we are prone to allergies thanks to all of the greenery we have. If you or your family members suffer from allergies, you may want to consider investing in an air scrubber in addition to scheduling regular filter cleaning or replacement. Bell Brother’s is able to order almost any filter, so if you are having trouble finding the correct filter or don’t know what one you need feel free to give us a call. With any paid service call we are glad to replace your furnace filter if you have them on hand. If not, our trucks are well prepared. Depending on the type of furnace you have, we may have a filter that fits your system. We are always willing to help!