Have you checked your air filter recently? If not, it is way past time to do so! Energy Star recommends you check your air filter every month and replace the filter when it looks dirty. It should be replaced at least once every 3 months or sooner if needed!
Dirty air filters make your system work harder to heat or cool and waste energy. A clean filter will help pick up dust, protecting you and your HVAC system. According to Angie’s List, there are many benefits to changing your air filter.
Benefits of Changing Your Air Filter
- Extends the life of your HVAC system. As stated above, a dirty filter makes your system work harder which can cause the system to overheat. When the motor works harder, it is more likely to break. This can be especially bad in an older system; it can push it too hard and cause it to break down which in turn might require you to buy an entire new system.
- Keep energy costs lower. When the HVAC system has to work harder to get through a dirty air filter, it uses more energy. Consistently changing your air filter can save you 5% to 15% annually on your energy bills.
- Improving air quality. A dirty air filter can help spread dirt and pet dander throughout a home. This can be especially hard on family members who suffer from allergies or asthma. A clean air filter will catch much more of the dirt and dander, making it easier for everyone to breath!
- Keeping your HVAC system clean. A filter clogged with dirt will enter the entire HVAC system, dirtying it up and increasing the change of something clogging or breaking. This could mean spending $$$ you weren’t budgeting for on HVAC repairs.
It is also important to tune your HVAC equipment at the start of the summer and winter seasons. Generally seasonal maintenance will do the following:
Heating System Seasonal Maintenance Checklist
Air Conditioning Seasonal Maintenance Checklist
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