Importance of Changing Your Air Filters
Your furnace worked hard all winter keeping you cozy inside, and now that the spring is finally about to bring warmer temperatures outside, it’s tempting to ignore the furnace until the fall when it gets cold again. But now is exactly the time when you should be thinking about furnace maintenance to prepare yourself not only for next winter, but for the summer months ahead too. Replacing your filters is essential year-round, even when the air conditioner is running, because the air is still circulating through the same HVAC ductwork. Replacing the filter may sound like a minor thing, and it is, but it can have major impacts if you don’t do it at least once every 90 days. So let us show you the importance of changing your furnace filters because you’ll breathe a lot easier all year long and end up saving a lot of money along the way!
- You’ll make your HVAC system last longer. When you don’t replace your air filter, tiny particles of dust and dirt will slowly collect in the filter like they’re supposed to – that’s the point of the filter, after all – but when this goes on too long, the HVAC unit has to work a lot harder to pull air into the system to heat or cool and recirculate it through your house. Over time this can wear down the blower motor and other components of your system, and then instead of replacing a $15 to $20 filter, you could end up spending $1500 to $2000 or more to replace your entire furnace. So why not extend the life of your system by taking three minutes every three months to replace the filter? Too easy!
- You’ll reduce your utility bills. When your HVAC system is running at peak efficiency, you’re using less energy and saving money. However, when you’ve failed to replace the air filter for a long time, the opposite can hold true: you’re needlessly increasing the amount of money you’re spending on electricity (and natural gas too, if you’re using a gas furnace). Let’s assume you spend $2,000 per year on electricity, and using a fresh air filter saves you 3% on your bills. Right there you’ve saved $60, which is roughly the cost of the four filters you’ll need.
- You’ll minimize health issues (and bills). Air filters that are changed on a regular basis help keep your indoor air quality much higher, which means you’ll be reducing your risk of respiratory issues. This is especially important if anyone in your home already has to deal with asthma or allergies. So make that extra quick trip to get your filters for the year and give yourself and your family the gift of cleaner, healthier air to breathe. (Helpful tip: use a marker to write the date you changed the filter on the end of the filter itself, and/or make a reminder note on your calendar.)
- Buy in bulk and save. When you’re living on a budget, every dollar counts – so consider budgeting for your air filters and buying them in bulk. Some home improvement stores offer a contractor’s pack discount for larger quantities of filters. This is especially a good idea if you plan on changing your filters monthly during the winter, which isn’t a bad idea considering the air quality indoors can be a lot worse when you’re probably not opening your windows to introduce fresh air for months at a time. When choosing a filter, make sure you buy the correct size for your system – the dimension measurements are printed on the filter. Also take into consideration the quality of the filter: a higher number means a higher quality (and also a higher price). The cheapest filters will only get the largest chunks of floating debris, but the finer filters will capture tinier particles.
- Invest in an annual furnace maintenance plan. Many HVAC companies offer very affordable plans to check your HVAC system once or twice per year. This will ensure that your system is tuned up and working properly, which will extend its life and help it run as efficiently as possible to further reduce your utility bills. They’ll also check for deadly carbon monoxide leaks or other safety issues with the electrical components and thermostat. Over time, the technicians can also help you identify any issues that present themselves so you’re not caught on a winter night with a heater that decides to die at the worst possible moment. Some HVAC companies will also offer you a “best customer” discount for any services that you need because you’re enrolled in their annual maintenance plan.
For the best air duct cleaning and dryer vent cleaning services available in America, contact your local AdvantaClean provider today. Our technicians use all the skills recommended by the National Air Duct Cleaner Association (NADCA) and we use the most powerful HEPA-filtered systems to suction all the toxic dirt, dander, lint and other debris from the ductwork that you rely on for healthy air every day. Better air quality means better quality of life in your home and office, so give us a call today and we’ll show you the difference AdvantaClean makes!More Info? To learn which air filter your home needs read one of our other posts: WHAT AIR FILTER TO PURCHASE FOR YOUR HOME
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