Want to improve the health of your family and your wallet? Change your air filters in your home on a regular basis. It’s a small, inexpensive thing to do, but the benefits can be pretty big.
Changing air filters regularly in your home can lessen allergy symptoms and actually keep your family healthier. Cleaner air filters result in cleaner air. When there is clean air in your system, the air circulated back through your home is clean as well.
Dirty air filters, which accumulated allergens such as dust mites and pollen, can worsen air quality and exacerbate allergy symptoms. If you have pets, clean air filters are particularly important because pet dander can also accumulate in the system and spread allergens through your house.
Dirty air filters can also deteriorate your health. When air filters clog because they are dirty, the air flow passes through at a slower rate, inhibiting dehumidification and allowing potentially harmful bacteria and other contaminants to grow.
Now let’s talk cost savings. Efficient air filtration will very likely save you money. How much you save depends on where you live and how you use your system, but experts estimate 5-15% overall savings in utility costs. Clean air filters can also save in repair and replacement costs. The most common reason for heating or air conditioning system breakdowns is a dirty filter. As dirt accumulates, air flow becomes incapacitated, the motor works harder and the system can overheat. The best case scenario when this happens is that you will need a repair. If your system is older, you may push it over the edge and need to replace the entire system.
The bottom line is that replacing air filters regularly in your home is an easy way to lengthen the life of your system and purify your air. How often you should replace them depends on your filter. Every one to three months is advised.