Energy efficiency is a big focus these days. Believe it or not, there are some simple and inexpensive ways you can increase the efficiency of your home and lower your energy bills. One way is to change your HVAC air filter regularly. Skeptical? Read on to find out why.
What Does the Air Filter Do?
The air filter is in place primarily to protect your heating and cooling system. It works by grabbing and trapping airborne pollutants including dust, dust mites, dirt, pollen, pet hair, dander and more. It prevents those particles from entering the HVAC system and causing damage, slowdown or malfunction.
What Does This Have to Do with Energy Efficiency?
When your HVAC system is working as it should, it will pull in air, warm it or cool it, and then blow it back out into your home. When the air filter is dirty or clogged, the system has to work harder to pull in that air before it can send it back out to circulate through your home. When it has to work overtime to do the same job, it's using more energy than it needs to. This results in lower energy efficiency, higher energy use and more expensive energy bills.
What Can You Do about It?
Changing your air filter is the best and easiest way to keep your system running at optimum efficiency. You can change it as often as every month, but every 3-6 months is ideal. It's simple, inexpensive and can have an enormous impact on your utility bills and the effectiveness of your heating and air conditioning.
For all of the information you need on air filters, your HVAC system, and increasing your energy efficiency, contact our team of experts at Helms Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc.