Ready for cave-man simple home furnace maintenance advice? It's courtesy of award-winning builder and nationally syndicated home-improvement columnist Tim Carter, host of Ask the Builder.com.
This advice has to do with a chore that most consider easily forgettable, not to mention a burden to do: remembering to check and change your home air filters.
Why include air filters in home furnace maintenance?
You do want your furnace to operate efficiently and effectively, right? Especially as your heating system works overtime to combat the latest polar vortex and keep you warm. That means you need to gear up before you break-down and check the state of your air filters!
If they're dirty and clogged, and you've not changed them, you'll be really sorry. Clogged filters are the primary cause of home furnace failures that can cost thousands of dollars to repair. Clogged filters also strain your blower fan, making it operate less efficiently and increasing utility bills by up to 15 percent.
>> For a primer, here's How to Change Your Home Air Filter.
How to protect yourself from a frigid furnace?
Tim Carter - aka Ask The Builder - knows a thing, or two or three about home furnace maintenance. He also knows how much people dislike creeping and crawling in dark, unpleasant places to locate the furnace filter, let alone determine if they need to change it.
For that reason, Carter recommends using technology in the form of an air filter monitor with WiFi to do the checking and then notify you.
New air filter monitors learn about the pressure usage of your heating and cooling system, explains Carter. Then, as the filter starts to get clogged, it notices the drop (or rise) in pressure as your furnace motor tries to push (or pull) air through the dirty, clogged filter. It will know immediately when is the best time to change your home air filters.
Check out Tim's helpful advice below in this 3:52 min video titled FilterScan:
Why an air filter monitor with WiFi is the ideal filter change reminder
Tim Carter highlights the following features that make the monitor an ideal solution for letting homeowners nationwide know when to change furnace filters:
- Most people simply guess when to change their air filter, and they often guess wrong. Wait too long and your heating and cooling system will start to waste energy as your home’s indoor air quality deteriorates. Change it too soon, and you’re wasting money purchasing unnecessary filter replacements. The FilterScan WiFi air filter monitor alerts you when your filter is clogged, and you no longer have to guess.
- The filter change alert fits into your daily use of email and text messages. No longer do you need to go up in your attic or into the basement to check your filter. The wireless device works as your silent 24/7 monitor, constantly checking pressure levels against the original baseline level recorded when the filter was new. Now you'll know exactly when to change your air filter.
- The monitor automatically sends an alert to your smartphone, tablet or PC when this pressure reaches roughly twice the original level. As Tim Carter says, "It's Cave-Man Simple."
Even the editors at Popular Science Magazine love this monitor; they've awarded it their Best of What’s New for 2014 award.
Ready for cave-man simple home furnace maintenance?
Overall, the wireless monitor conveniently helps you (or a contractor) change furnace air filters in time to prevent your system from becoming inefficient, not to mention promote better indoor air quality.
Simple to install and use, and not costing an arm and a leg, the device is an ideal addition to any home and fits today's modern aka 'cave-man simple' lifestyle.
What's your reaction? Or, do you prefer creeping and crawling through dark unpleasant places to locate a filter that might not need changing? Let us know.