How often do you check you air filters? Checking, changing or cleaning your filters once a month extends the life of your home’s heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system and saves you money! A clogged air filter restricts air flow, and that can force your system’s blower to work harder—potentially adding up to $82 to your electric bill every year!
Filters get dirtier during heavy-use seasons such as summer and winter when your system is running more often. Make sure to inspect and replace filters before these seasons begin. The U.S. Department of Energy advises checking an air filter once a month and replacing it at least every three months. If you live in a dusty climate, have pets or if some one in your home smokes or suffers from allergies, filters may need to be changed before the average three-month life span.
How to check/change your air filter:
- Turn your heating and cooling system off before checking your filter.
- Slide the filter out of your ductwork and look for layers of hair and dirt.
- Run your finger across the filter. If it comes away dirty or there’s a line left on the filter, it’s time for a change.
- Write the date on the side of the new filter so you know when it needs to be changed again.
- When installing the new filter, make sure the arrow on the filter points toward the blower.
- Once you’ve made the change, turn your system back on.
With so many filters to choose from, how do you know which one is right for your system? The best thing to do is ask your HVAC professional—either the one who installed your system or who does your seasonal maintenance. Don’t have an HVAC professional? Give us a call for service from people you know and trust: 800.328.0630.