Monthly Tip: Change Your Air Filter
One of the most often overlooked but important monthly tasks is changing out your home air filter. Changing it out regularly is obviously a matter of health concern for you and everyone living in your house, but neglecting this simple piece of maintenance can also have very expensive ramifications. A dirty filter doesn’t filter as well as a clean filter, allowing nasty gross air to blow into your house, but it also makes your furnace or air conditioner work harder than necessary, causing parts to wear out faster and break down.
Naturally we want to do the best job of filtering our home air that we can, so we’re prone to reach for the most expensive, highest level filter on the shelf, but that’s not always the best way to go. Often the higher level of filtration just means a thicker filter, which is not any better than a dirty filter, and will only make the air system work harder. A better option is to go with a lower level of filtration, but change it out more often. Don’t feel like buying a new disposable filter every month? I don’t blame you! In recent years this problem has been overcome with reusable or “lifetime” filters. Much like the air filters that were developed for sports cars that can be removed, cleaned, and put back in place, these cleanable air filters for your home can be used month after month, without added cost! Just take it out, hose it off, shake off the excess water, and put it back in, or simply buy two: one to use and one to clean. When it’s time to swap them out, you’ve got a clean one ready to go, and you’ve got a whole month to wash and dry the dirty one.