The title might be a little click-baity, but the reality is that changing your furnace filter on a regular basis really can change your life.
In general, this is how often changing furnace filters needs to be done:
For 1- to 2-inch filters, replace them every 1 to 3 months
For 3- to 4-inch filters, replace them every 6 to 9 months
For 5- to 6-inch filters, replace them every 9 to 12 months
Here’s a list of reasons you should change your filter consistently:
1) Changing your filter helps you save on utility bills
If your filter is clogged, it reduces the efficiency of your HVAC system. In other words, it has to work harder to push air through your home. And that results in higher costs on your utility bills. Not only does this drive up your energy bill, it also increases your carbon footprint.
2) Changing your filter improves air quality
Improving air quality seems like a life changing result, right? A dirty filter allows dust and sometimes even mold to circulate throughout your home. And your family is breathing that circulating air. Poor air can have a negative impact on people struggling with asthma, allergies and other respiratory issues.
3) Changing your filter regularly lowers HVAC maintenance calls by 38%
Avoiding maintenance calls will lower the chance that you don’t have heating or air conditioning at just the wrong moment. And you won’t have to meet a service person to get things fixed when you avoid maintenance calls!
4) Changing your filter will help you keep your house cleaner… and it will smell better!
When your filter is clean, it traps dust and all kinds of other air contaminants. And when those are trapped, they aren’t getting circulated through your house. You will definitely notice a difference in how much you have to dust if you have a clean furnace filter!
When you replace your filter, write the date you replaced it on the side. Next time you check your filter, you will know how long it has been since you last changed it. And remember, if you haven’t changed your filter in a few months, it is time… and you might want to put a recurring reminder on your calendar for when you need to change your filter using the recommendations we gave based on filter size.
Happy New Year from your friends at Home Rental Services!