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4 Reasons to Regularly Change Your HVAC Air Filter

Changing an HVAC Air Filter

Your HVAC system is essential to your home. But while keeping up on your system’s regular maintenance may seem daunting, there is one easy thing any homeowner can handle: the air filter.

Your air filter is a vital part of your HVAC system, and HVAC and energy experts say checking and replacing it regularly has a number of benefits. But neglecting it could cause issues to arise. Below we dive into some of the top reasons you should regularly change your air filter.

1. Save money on energy bills.

According to ENERGY STAR, the average household spends about $2,000 on energy bills throughout the year — with your heating and cooling system representing nearly half of those costs.

When your air filter is clogged or dirty, it restricts airflow and your HVAC system needs to work harder to do its job efficiently — which means more energy consumption and higher energy bills.

If you’re looking for more ways to save money on your heating and cooling bills, read How to Save Money on Heating & Cooling Bills: Tips from the Experts.

2. Ensure the best possible air quality in your home.

At Welter Heating, we look at an air filter as a silent guardian. The filter acts as a barrier to dirt, dust, mold spores, pet dander, bacteria, virus-carrying particles, soot and other allergens present in the air. Making sure the filter is unclogged ensures that you’re breathing in the cleanest and freshest air possible.

3. Protect your HVAC system and avoid expensive fixes.

An air filter not only prevents nasty particles from making their way into breathable air, but it also prevents those particles from building up inside your system unit and ducts. When dust, dirt and other particles build up in your system it can lead to expensive maintenance or early system failure.

Think of your HVAC system as the heart of your home, when you clog a main artery there can be damaging effects. 

4. Be a friend to the environment.

According to ENERGY STAR, the average home’s energy usage is responsible for twice as many greenhouse gas emissions than the average car. When your dirty air filter hinders your HVAC system’s efficiency, your home is wasting energy and having an even larger impact on the environment.

How often you should change your filter?

Generally, changing your air filter every 3 months is a good rule of thumb. In addition, you should be checking your filter at least once a month — especially during heavy usage in the winter and summer — to see if it needs earlier replacement.

How do you change your filter?

  1. Remove your old filter and measure it, or read your user’s manual to determine the size you need.
  2. Choose the MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) rating, which ranges from 1-20. The higher the MERV, the more effective the air filter will be.
  3. Choose a filter type. You can choose from fiberglass, washable, pleaded or electronic.
  4. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to easily install your new filter.

All in all, changing your air filter on a regular basis  is an inexpensive and easy way to reduce energy bills, protect your system from maintenance issues, improve the air quality in your home and help out the environment.

Have more questions about HVAC repair or maintenance? Contact us today.

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4 Reasons to Regularly Change Your HVAC Air Filter

Changing an HVAC Air Filter

Your HVAC system is essential to your home. But while keeping up on your system’s regular maintenance may seem daunting, there is one easy thing any homeowner can handle: the air filter.

Your air filter is a vital part of your HVAC system, and HVAC and energy experts say checking and replacing it regularly has a number of benefits. But neglecting it could cause issues to arise. Below we dive into some of the top reasons you should regularly change your air filter.

1. Save money on energy bills.

According to ENERGY STAR, the average household spends about $2,000 on energy bills throughout the year — with your heating and cooling system representing nearly half of those costs.

When your air filter is clogged or dirty, it restricts airflow and your HVAC system needs to work harder to do its job efficiently — which means more energy consumption and higher energy bills.

If you’re looking for more ways to save money on your heating and cooling bills, read How to Save Money on Heating & Cooling Bills: Tips from the Experts.

2. Ensure the best possible air quality in your home.

At Welter Heating, we look at an air filter as a silent guardian. The filter acts as a barrier to dirt, dust, mold spores, pet dander, bacteria, virus-carrying particles, soot and other allergens present in the air. Making sure the filter is unclogged ensures that you’re breathing in the cleanest and freshest air possible.

3. Protect your HVAC system and avoid expensive fixes.

An air filter not only prevents nasty particles from making their way into breathable air, but it also prevents those particles from building up inside your system unit and ducts. When dust, dirt and other particles build up in your system it can lead to expensive maintenance or early system failure.

Think of your HVAC system as the heart of your home, when you clog a main artery there can be damaging effects. 

4. Be a friend to the environment.

According to ENERGY STAR, the average home’s energy usage is responsible for twice as many greenhouse gas emissions than the average car. When your dirty air filter hinders your HVAC system’s efficiency, your home is wasting energy and having an even larger impact on the environment.

How often you should change your filter?

Generally, changing your air filter every 3 months is a good rule of thumb. In addition, you should be checking your filter at least once a month — especially during heavy usage in the winter and summer — to see if it needs earlier replacement.

How do you change your filter?

  1. Remove your old filter and measure it, or read your user’s manual to determine the size you need.
  2. Choose the MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) rating, which ranges from 1-20. The higher the MERV, the more effective the air filter will be.
  3. Choose a filter type. You can choose from fiberglass, washable, pleaded or electronic.
  4. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to easily install your new filter.

All in all, changing your air filter on a regular basis  is an inexpensive and easy way to reduce energy bills, protect your system from maintenance issues, improve the air quality in your home and help out the environment.

Have more questions about HVAC repair or maintenance? Contact us today.

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