If youâ€™ve scoured the internet for energy saving tips, you may have come across this one: change your air filter regularly. Â Every air conditioning company emphasizes that air filters need to be changed once a month. Â This is especially mandatory in the summer months when you use your air conditioner the most.
Benefits Your Home
A dirty air filter is the number one reason for heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system failure. A dirty filter restricts theÂ air flowÂ into your HVAC systemsâ€™ air handler which strains the air handler fan motor and could, over time, burn out the motor and cause your system to overheat and ultimately fail. Â Dirty air filters can also cause your air conditioning ducts to get dirty which can turn into costly cleaning expenses.Â A new filter is inexpensive and can save you money over time.
Benefits Your Family
The purpose of an air filter is to capture things like dust, allergens, mold, and even pet dander.Â When it gets dirty from collecting these types of things and you forget to change your filter regularly, the air quality in your home takes a hit. Â Poor air quality can aggravate allergies or even bring on an asthma attack. This means that changing your air filter has health benefits as well.
Benefits Your WalletÂ
Did you know that a dirty air filter can increase your energy costs by 35%?Â This happens because dirty air filters make your unit work harder and run longer to maintain the proper temperature.Â A clean air filter prolongs the life of the unit by keeping harmful particles from the blower motor and coil.Â Replacing a blower motor can cost you $200 or more to replace!
Life gets busy and itâ€™s easy to forget about all the little maintenance projects that come with your home or business.Â If it helps, set yourself a reminder on your phone or through your e-mail so you can avoid any issues that come with a clogged air filter.Â The benefits really add up!
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