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Changing furnace filters vital as more people are staying home

Local HVAC specialists launch contactless filter exchange program to safely improve air quality and furnace efficiency
GUE Spotlight image_Oosterveld Heating and Air Conditioning_Feb 9, 2021

There’s no doubt that spending unparalleled amounts of time isolating at home is having a profound effect on people. However, it’s also having a residual effect on home comfort systems. Having a full house of residents locked down for long periods means more dander, more dust, more pet hair and more particulates recirculating and affecting air quality. To ensure your system is working at maximum efficiency, the people at Oosterveld Heating and Air Conditioning suggest you take some proactive steps. 

“Changing your filters is essential during times when people are isolating at home,” said Jennifer Dunsmoor, Community Relations Director for Oosterveld Heating and Air Conditioning. “You should be changing them every two or three months anyway, but it’s even more important now to ensure better air quality and optimum efficiency.” 

A furnace is only efficient if it’s well-maintained. Operating your furnace in the winter with a dirty air filter can lower your efficiency, which could also lead to more service calls or system failure. An excess of dust and airborne particulates can also have a significant impact on the quality of life of people living in the home, especially if they’re prone to allergies, asthma or other breathing issues. 

There are dozens of high and low-end furnace filter brands and styles on the market right now available through most big box and hardware retailers. However, Dunsmore said Oosterveld Heating has initiated its own contactless filter exchange program designed for people anxious about shopping during the pandemic. 

“Big box stores may seem convenient and offer a large variety of filters, but with the pandemic, you may have to wait or pre-schedule a pick-up days later,” she said. “At Oosterveld, just call in and let us know the size and the type of furnace. We can take payment over the phone and give you a 10-minute window for pick up with no line up or wait times. Our contactless filter exchange is a great way to support a local family business that has been around 40 years.”

For those people who may require a new furnace, scheduled or emergency repairs or simply a maintenance call during the pandemic, Oosterveld Heating and Air Conditioning has enacted all the protocols necessary to deliver a safe residential or commercial service call.

“As per public health requirements, all of the accommodations have been made to comply with health and safety rules,” said Dunsmoor. “Our service people and installers always arrive wearing a mask. They remain socially distant, and sanitize before and after. In most cases not only can we offer a contactless furnace filter exchange, but we can also offer a contactless service call.”

For customers in the market for a new furnace, Oosterveld staff can meet with clients online via Zoom or Facetime to discuss products and provide information prior to making any decisions.  For more information visit Oosterveld Heating and Air Conditioning online at