Trying to save money on your home energy costs? You can by changing your home HVAC air filters.
Today, with prices rising across the board, putting money aside in the piggy bank is becoming harder and harder. One seldom thought of method of saving money is to cut energy costs, but how can you do this without sacrificing your personal comfort?
It’s all about being efficient. Efficiency is critical to accomplishing any task with as few resources as possible. For example, cooking and freezing a week's worth of dinners is a lot less time consuming that performing this task daily.
The same principle applies to saving money on home heating & cooling costs — expending as little effort (or energy) to achieve the desired result (comfort). Among the best ways to make your heating & cooling system run as efficiently as possible is to ensure that your home HVAC air filter is replaced at the right time.
Maximizing energy efficiency with clean HVAC air filters
Remember that air filters are the virtual "lungs of your home," working to ensure that as many nasty home air pollutants are captured as possible, so that your system does not recirculate them into your home.
A clean filter allows your heating & cooling system to expend less energy when it draws air in and moves it through the system. The entire process moves efficiently because there is little dirt to resist the air movement. A clogged filter blocked with dirt, on the other hand, forces your system to work much harder, using more energy to accomplish the same task. This can not only lead to long-term equipment damage, but it will lead to a higher utility bill because the system must run longer to achieve the same temperature change.
Home HVAC air filter fundamentals
It's also important to select the correct filter for your home. Every HVAC filter has a MERV rating, which measures how efficiently the filter captures pollutants that pass through your heating and cooling system. These ratings range from 1 (least efficient) to 16 (extremely efficient). Some studies show that medium-efficiency filters — in the MERV 7 to 12 range — strike the best balance between removing allergens and filter cost. Learn more about MERV ratings in this article titled "How Effective Are Your Home Air Filters."
How often should I replace my air filter? Most people guess when to change your air filter, but but this can be unreliable. For this reason, products like the FILTERSCAN WiFi® monitor, which texts/emails you exactly when your home air filter needs to be changed, are a worthwhile investment to save on energy costs.
Change your Home HVAC air filters and save money!
The big question in your mind now is probably, “How much money can I actually save?” Regularly replacing your filter could reduce your energy consumption by up to 15 percent -- or roughly $200 annually.
So for the sake of your heating & cooling system and your wallet, change your home air filter!