At Sansone Companies this month, we are reminding everyone about indoor air quality and a quick and easy way to save money on heating and cooling costs.
While people rely on their HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system daily, many don’t realize the importance of this simple and easy task so they neglect to change their air filters, which can result in high energy bills, unnecessary illness, poor air circulation, and system failure. Why is it so important?
1.) Keeps energy costs down. HVAC systems work by recirculating air through the building. Since indoor air is up to 70 percent more polluted than outdoor air, each system contains a filter that traps pollutants, such as dust, bacteria, mold spores, and pet dander, from continuously circulating. When the air filter is clogged it makes the HVAC system work harder resulting in more energy being used. And when it requires more energy, to make your heating and air conditioning system work, it causes your energy bill to skyrocket. The Department of Energy says the average household spends about $2,200 a year on its energy bill. When you consistently change your air filter, you can save from 5 to 15 percent on your utility costs.
2.) Maintains healthy air quality. Any home activity can cause indoor air pollutants such as dust, mold spores, pet dander, and allergens to become airborne and travel throughout the home. These pollutants can affect the health and well-being of residents, particularly with individuals who suffer from allergies. Home air filters capture these airborne pollutants as the air is circulated back through the HVAC system, and greatly increases the quality of indoor air. When dirty, however, the filters cannot remove any of these pollutants, and the particles are redistributed through the home.
3.) Prevents many unexpected AC breakdowns. Air filters not only clean circulating air, but they also keep the system’s interior clean and working properly. Clogged filters allow dust and other airborne debris to become trapped in the inter-workings of the HVAC system, which can ultimately cause the system to fail long before it would with proper filter upkeep leaving you without air conditioning during our hottest periods of summer.
Energy Star suggests changing your air filter every month, especially during our summer months when your HVAC unit gets the most use. At the bare minimum, don’t let three months go by without swapping your dirty one out for a new one. When shopping, look at the MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) number which ranges from 1 to 12. The higher the number the better the filtration is. Replacing your filter is an easy and inexpensive step to take to save money, improve your indoor air quality, and reduce the cause of many air conditioning outages.