Commercial HVAC filter being replaced by technician
January 24, 2018

You’ve penciled in your annual doctor’s visit, and you’re getting ready to take your car in for an oil change — but have you thought about the health of your home heating system? Just like you or your car, your furnace needs regular check-ups in order to stay safe and healthy. One simple thing you can do for your furnace every month is to check and replace the filter.

What Your Furnace Filter Does

Many Chesapeake, VA and North Carolina homeowners neglect the furnace filter for months (and even years) on end, but this just leads to a wide range of issues. Furnaces pump heated air throughout your home, and your filter is what keeps that air clean. Without a furnace filter, your indoor air would be filled with dust, particles, and other contaminants.

Once a furnace filter becomes dirty, it cannot keep indoor air clean as effectively. It may also impede airflow or even cause your furnace to overheat, leading to a number of costly heating issues. If you want to promote healthy indoor air quality, prevent respiratory issues, heat your home efficiently, and safeguard your furnace against an unexpected breakdown, it’s important to check your furnace filter regularly and replace as needed.

How Often to Change a Furnace Filter

How often you change your furnace filter largely depends on the type of filter you use. It’s best to check the filter manufacturer’s recommendation. In general, it’s a good idea to check your furnace filter once a month.

If, when you hold the filter up to a light, it looks dirty or clogged, it needs to be replaced. Be sure to change the filter before it becomes completely dirty or clogged, as this will keep your indoor air clean and allow your furnace to continue heating your home efficiently.

Schedule Regular Furnace Maintenance

Changing the filter is only one step of preventive maintenance you should take for your furnace. For a furnace that runs safely and efficiently all winter long, year after year, be sure to schedule at least one furnace check-up per year. During your annual check-up, a certified technician will inspect and test the furnace for safe operation, clean the coils, tighten all electrical connections, and lubricate all moving parts. These steps, when combined with replacing the filter regularly, will extend the life of your furnace and keep it running at peak performance, helping you save on your home heating bills.


Currently, you can have the experts at Russell’s perform a precision check-up on your furnace for just $89!

Need help maintaining your furnace? Contact us or call (757) 424-1000 to schedule a precision check-up!

Call Russell's to learn more about your furnace maintenance today!

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Regular annual maintenance keeps your system operating at peak efficiency. Experience has shown that a system that runs well keeps your utility costs in line — in fact, independent 3rd party research shows that you can save over $30 per month on utility bills.


Just like your annual physical at the doctor’s office keeps you healthy, an annual tune-up or safety and efficiency check on your heating and cooling systems can keep your home working smoothly.

What Our Customers Are Saying

  • I can't complement your team enough on the wonderful job done with regard to the installation of the new system in our home. More specifically, we want to recognize the outstanding efforts of: Roberto-- the initial visit and diagnosis of the problem.

    Dan & Connie, Virginia Beach
  • I recently had your team install a new gas package unit including all new duct work at my house in Chesapeake. I had a split system that had undersized ducting which was removed by your installers.

    Mike & Sandi, Chesapeake, VA
  • We purchased a one time service for $79. They came out on time, checked out the geothermal system...they were very professional and kind.

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  • We would like to thank your company for an excellent job. We are very pleased with the new (Mitsubishi ductless mini split) system that was installed last week. It works wonderfully at heating our home.

    Danny and Teresa S., Chesapeake, VA
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    Colleen & Jim C., Suffolk, VA
  • Everything went great! This is the second big project we've had done through Russell's and we couldn't be more happy! We had the most dedicated, polite, and respectful crew! The team consisted of Elliot, Chase and Sean. Sean was here for the removal process on day one, and did awesome!

    J. Luhan, VA Beach
  • Hi Nate, please pass along our appreciation for you, Elliot and Steve. We are very happy with you being able to arrange our ( Lennox ) replacement system so quickly!

    T. Johnson, VA Beach
  • Thank you for running a top notch company and sending over to us two excellent folks Terry and Shawn. They did an awesome job putting in our new furnace system. Also thank you for Donald and Nate who did a superb job as well. Please reward these guys with some sort of commendations or rewards....

  • ...folks need to know how wonderful working with Russell's Heating & Air Conditioning is. They were very professional all the way thru the process of getting our unit installed down to the payment plan. I have been telling our neighbors and my co-workers about the experience.

    Pamela F., Chesapeake, VA
  • Every moment from the time an appointment was set up until the day the work was completed was a pleasure. Every employee was a delight to work with. The proof that the product was great came when the electric bills started coming in the airconditioning season.

    Douglas P., VA Beach
  • I am extremely satisfied with both the Lennox unit I purchased and the employees of Russell's. Even with poor window and door quality in this overly tired house, I am actually cooled off sufficiently enough to call it chilly.

    Robin W., Chesapeake, VA
  • Over the years I have gained the utmost trust in my service technician Corey Lesko's knowledge and work ethic while servicing my system.

  • I am writing this letter to commend your company on a great job! We were very pleased with how the company performed in every area...the installers did an impeccable job. They were very knowledgeable, efficient, and hard workers—staying focused to the task in the extreme heat.

    Pastor Larry E. O'Brien, Churchland Assembly of God
  • A year ago, I contracted with Russell's to tune up and clean the heating and cooling system. How impressively your specialist cleaned my system...he also found a defective automatic (programmable) thermostat. Quite quickly, he replaced my automatic thermostat. The results?

    R. Snider, Norfolk, VA
  • You recently installed a new Trane unit for us. We want you to know we are completely satisfied. The outside unit is now a hum versus the roar of the old one...we also want to recognize the installer...we cannot overstate what we think of his workmanship.

    K. Hawkins, Portsmouth, VA
  • Great and prompt service – as usual. Everything from ordering the a/c unit to installation went smoothly. Thanks for everything.

    B. Fenstermaker, VA Beach
  • Everyone was very nice. I felt well informed about my purchase. Your staff is great! I don't usually return opinion forms, but you need to know you have a staff you can be proud of!

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    G. Knoop, Chesapeake, VA
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  • Your workers actually made this total replacement project an enjoyable learning experience...they were always willing to stop and answer any questions. Their pleasant and cooperative attitudes cannot be praised enough!

    J. Wellons, Portsmouth, VA
  • Very pleased with both the price and service. The installation went off without a hitch and everything exceeded our expectations. When finished, the work areas, including the attic, were so clean you couldn't tell anything had been done.

    T. Marsh, VA Beach
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