Keeping the air filter for your HVAC system clean is essential to maintaining is energy efficiency and dependability. A clean filter promotes good airflow through the air handler or blower compartment, which helps it condition your home quickly. The filter also traps airborne particulates that would otherwise harm the components inside the air handler or blower compartment.
Neglecting the filter is one of the most common causes of premature system problems. It’s easy to forget, but if you want the most reliable performance and lowest energy bills, make it a point to remember to check and change it routinely by:
Pegging it to a monthly event like getting your electrical bill.
Since your A/C and furnace lead the top of the list for energy-hungry appliance, it’s easy to relate the amount of the bill to the condition of the filter.
Changing the thermostat.
If you have been considering upgrading to a programmable thermostat for energy savings and convenience, choose one that uses a timer to alert you when it’s time to check the filter. These timers are based on running times, so when the system is off when the weather is mild, you won’t need to check the filter’s condition.
If you have children old enough, and it’s safe to do, add it to their list of chores. They’ll learn about energy efficiency and home maintenance.
Adding it to your phone’s calendar.
Program it for routine inspections during the months you use the HVAC system most often.
Stocking up on filters.
Set aside room in an obvious place to stack the filters, like the door leading to your home from the garage, or just inside the door to your bedroom closet. Move the air filter pile around periodically so that they stay fresh in your mind.
The air filter is an essential part of your HVAC system and keeping it clean is the most effective way to protect it. For more information about choosing filters or thermostats, contact Aggressive Mechanical Contractors, providing trusted HVAC services for homeowners in the Monmouth County area.
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