Each New Year we have the opportunity to take on new goals and resolutions. One largely overlooked area for improvement is how often you change the air filter in your HVAC system.
Before you laugh off this suggestion, hear us out! Air filters affect your personal health, as well as the health of your bank account. With clean air filters, you benefit from:
- Better indoor air quality. Air filters clean the air we breathe by capturing particulate matter such as dust, pollen and pet dander. When dirt builds up on an air filter, it doesn’t function as well since less air can pass through it.
- Lower energy costs. A dirty air filter causes your system to work harder and longer to push air through it, which uses more energy and results in a higher SWEPCO bill.
- Longer life of your HVAC unit. A system that continually has to work harder is more likely to break down, leading to costly repairs or you having to buy an entirely new system.
Replacing your air filters on a regular basis is a proactive way to protect your system, your finances and your well being. It’s recommended you change them every month, particularly during the hottest and coldest times of the year when your system is used the most.
To make this task easier, we suggest you go ahead and purchase all the air filters you will need for the coming year. When you notice your filter is dirty or when a month has passed, you can easily change it out!
Finally, we recommend you get an HVAC tune-up at least once a year to make sure your system is operating efficiently.