Furnace air filters: Why you shouldn't replace them yourself

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There's finally a chill in the air. Bring on winter! After you've cozied up by the fire and indulged...

There's finally a chill in the air. Bring on winter! After you've cozied up by the fire and indulged in a cup of hot cocoa, don't forget your furnace air filters need to be changed for the season.

Before you jump in the car and head to your favorite DIY home retailer to stock up on filters, consider calling an HVAC professional. There's more to improving your air quality than replacing your furnace air filters.

Ralph Brooke, Operations Manager at R.S. Andrews Services, Inc. in Atlanta, says a winter furnace inspection and duct cleaning is the way to go.

"It's not only cleaning your ducts, but making sure you have a proper filter. You need a combination of the filter, duct cleaning and UV light to kill the bacteria," he explained.

Brooke says store-bought filters simply aren't effective enough, and they put static on your heating system, which prevents effective airflow--and can raise your energy bill in the long run.

"They're the bare minimum to protect the actual components of the system," Brooke said. "They stop the dust and fuzz from getting into your actual system. They're not going to do anything for really bad allergies or odors from pets."

If you are allergic to dust, pet dander, mold or other airborne particles, you need furnace air filers that offer .03 microns of filtration, which aren't available to the public in a retail setting.

Ready to get your duct work cleaned and an air filter installed that will improve the air quality in your home? Give the professionals at R.S. Andrews Services, Inc. a call today to schedule your appointment.

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