There are many types of air filters on the market, but how do you know which one to buy? And is it necessary to constantly change or replace them?
5 Benefits of Changing Your Air Filters:
Helps to maintain healthy air quality in your home. Air filters help to reduce pet dander if you have pets. They also capture things like dust, pollen, lint, mold, allergens, unwanted air particles and more. Dirty air filters spread allergens making it the air worse in your household. Changing your filters helps those with allergies or asthma.
Keeps energy costs down. Dirty and clogged filters work harder and use more energy to cool and heat your home. Making your energy bill higher and costing you more money. Consistently changing your air filters can save you about 5 to 15 percent on your energy bill.
Keeps your heating and cooling system clean. A dirty and clogged filter can make your HVAC system stop working. The build-up of the dirt can affect your whole system. Leading to getting extra repairs, services or parts that will cost you money.
Extends the life of your HVAC unit. The most common reason for an HVAC unit to break down is because of a dirty filter. When dirt accumulates in your system, the air can’t pass causing the motor to work harder and sometimes causing it to overheat. Depending on the age of your unit, the repair can either be simple or you might have to get a new one. Replacing or changing your air filter can help to extend the life of your HVAC unit.
Gives you peace of mind. Changing and replacing your air filters is easy. Once you do it, you will get peace of mind knowing that the air quality in your home is fresher and cleaner to breathe for you and your family. Plus, it helps to know that it decreases the amount of energy being used in your home, helping to save you money.
When looking or shopping for air filters, look at the MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) number. The number ranges from 1 to 12. Keep in mind that the higher the number, the better the filtration is. Also, remember to change your filter every month or as needed.