According to the EPA, the indoor air we are exposed to is 70% more polluted than the outdoor air and studies show that the average American spends nearly 90% of their time indoors. This puts us all at a greater risk of contracting various diseases from indoor air pollutants. The EPA actually ranks poor indoor air quality among the top five public health risks.
Do you want to be healthier, more environmentally conscious and save money? Did you know that by doing something as easy and simple as changing the air filter on your HVAC (heating, cooling and ventilation) system on a regular basis can provide all of these benefits?
Benefits of changing your air filter:
- Healthier indoor air. An air filter’s job is to keep the air in your home. Filters are designed to accumulate dusts, molds, pollens and other contaminants, which can worsen allergies and can cause diseases. By changing out your filter on a regular basis you insure that you are not re-circulating dust, molds, pollens and other contaminants back through your system and into your home.
- Increase efficiency & save money. A dirty filter will slow down air flow and make your system work harder to keep you warm or cool — wasting energy and decreasing the efficiency of your system. When your system is not working as efficiently as it should, it is using more energy and that means you will be paying more to heat or cool your home.
- Increase longevity of your heating & cooling system. An air filter’s job is also to keep the interior of your HVAC system clean. According to Energy Star, a joint venture of the EPA and US Dept. of Energy, “Dirt and neglect are the #1 causes of heating and cooling system failure.” A clean filter will prevent dust and dirt from building up in the system — leading to expensive maintenance and/or early system failure.
- Environmentally conscious. When filters aren’t clean, it makes your system work harder to give you cooler (or warmer) air. This means more energy is used and wasted energy means more pollution. The more electricity you consume, the more carbon dioxide and other green house gases you release in the air.
It’s very important to use a properly sized filter in your HVAC system. If you are unsure on the correct size of filter or are interested in learning more about your indoor air quality options, contact your HVAC technician.