Spring is certainly the best time to take advantage of warmer weather and a time when many begin the process of deep cleaning in their homes. Most people focus on clearing out clutter, cleaning closets, and preparing their garages, decks and patios for activities to come. They often don’t think twice about what is floating in their air.
Yet, poor indoor air quality is rapidly becoming a health issue in our businesses and homes. The EPA recently named it one of the top five public health risks and claims that the air indoors can be up to 70% worse than air outdoors. Couple that with the fact that the Average American spends almost 90% of their day inside and changing the air filter in your home just became much more important.
Something as quick and easy as changing the air filter on your HVAC (heating, cooling, and ventilation) system can make a large impact on the quality of your air and cleanliness of your home. Did you know that changing your air filter regularly can even save you money on your utility bills as you create a more environmentally conscious home?
An air filter is designed to keep the interior of your HVAC system clean and healthy. The air filter’s job is to trap dust, pollen, mold and other contaminates and stop them from recirculating into the air in your home. Quality air filters can even help alleviate allergy symptoms and prevent you from breathing in contaminates that aggravate respiratory issues and even cause disease. By changing your filter on a regular basis you ensure you are not recycling these particles back into the air that you and your family breathe.
A clean air filter will also increase the efficiency of your heating and air conditioning. Air filters that are dirty and old will restrict the airflow in your HVAC system, when this happens the efficiency of your system is significantly reduced. When your system is not operating as efficiently as it could, it is using more energy and will show up when you go to pay the utilities for your home.
A dirty air filter will cost you more than expensive utility bills. Not replacing the air filter regularly in your HVAC system will likely shorten the life of your equipment. Dirty filters cause your system to have to work harder and longer to heat or cool your home. According to Energy Star, a division of the EPA, “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 your system that could otherwise lead to expensive maintenance and/or early system failure.
Changing your filters on a regular basis is also the environmentally conscious thing to do. When your filter is not clean, your system is working harder to provide your family with conditioned air. This means you are consuming more energy than you need to, and wasted energy leads to pollution. The more electricity you consume, the more you release carbon dioxide and other harmful gases into the air. One of the easiest ways you can cut down on contributing to global warming and the green house effect is simply by changing your air filter.
Cleaning or replacing the air filter in your heating, cooling and ventilation system doesn’t require a lot of time, effort or energy on your part. Yet it will positively impact your health, the cleanliness of your home, your wallet and even the environment. Take time to accomplish this task today.