Anyone with a HVAC unit will be aware of the importance of changing the air filters, but did you know that replacing the filters regularly can actually save you money? Regularly changing the air filters in the system can save you a lot of money throughout the year, both in running the HVAC unit and by maintaining the health of the system. Here are some reasons why you should be more thorough when remembering to change out the air filters.
Lowered Energy Use
Most HVAC professionals will tell you to change the filters at least once every three months, but you might be wondering why you need to change them so often and how you can be saving money by spending on filters. But according to studies by the Department of Energy, replacing a dirty filter can reduce your energy consumption by as much as 15%. Combined with the fact that your HVAC unit is responsible for around half of your energy bill, you could be looking at savings of 7.5% every month just by maintaining your air conditioning system. If your bill is close to $200 a month, that’s a saving of $45 a month, which more than covers the cost of replacing 19.5×23.5x1a sized air filters each month.
Reduced Risk of Maintenance Fees
When the air filters become clogged and dirty, the unit has to work harder to filter the air and force it through the filter. So, this means that it is using more energy than it should do. Simply by keeping the air filters clean, you can ensure that the system runs smoothly and can filter the air with minimal effort. Changing the air filter is the first line of defense in protecting the health of your system and keeping it working in top condition for a longer period of time. HVAC repairs can cost you anywhere from $300 to $700, so it pays to keep the unit working properly.
Changing the air filter of your HVAC unit regularly won’t just help you save money on your energy bills, in addition to keeping your home a healthier place to live, but it will also help to prevent the breakdown of your system which can be incredibly costly. Check the air filter at least once a month so you can see if it’s becoming dirty sooner, particularly if you are living in a home with pets or smokers as these can clog up the filter more quickly. It’s a good idea to hold the filter up to the light so you can see if light can pass through – if it can’t, it’s too dirty and should be replaced or cleaned if you have a washable filter. If you struggle to remember, you can always set yourself a reminder on your phone or laptop, so you never forget. Just by checking the filters once a month, you could be saving yourself hundreds in utility costs each year.