A change for the better
Article was added on Friday, July 24, 2015
When it comes to energy efficiency
in the home, sometimes small changes can make a big impact. A
small, unglamorous task like changing the filters on your HVAC
system makes your unit run more efficiently - keeping your house
cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. It also saves money.
And the savings gained from having your system run more efficiently
can be applied to more fun or entertaining pursuits that your
family can enjoy together.
The lowdown on dirt
As you move around your home, you
drive dust into the air from carpets, furniture and drapes.
Regardless of where it comes from, dust and dirt trapped in a
system's air filter leads to several problems,
Reduced air flow in the home and
up to 15 percent higher operating costs
Costly duct cleaning or
Making the switch
Now, that you know the facts, it's
time to get busy changing or cleaning the air filter in your
heating/cooling system. Many HVAC professionals recommend that you
clean or change the filter on your air conditioner or furnace
monthly. It's simple and easy, and in many cases, it only takes a
Filters are available in a variety
of types and efficiencies, rated by a Minimum Efficiency Reporting
Value (MERV). MERV, a method developed by the American Society of
Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, tests filter
effectiveness. The higher the MERV number, the higher the filter's
effectiveness at keeping dust out of your system. While most types
of filters must be replaced, some filters are reusable. And
don't forget about the winter
months. Your heating system needs to work as efficiently as
possible to keep you warm (and your loved one feeling snuggly), and
a clean air filter helps it do just that.
Heating and cooling professionals
recommend turning your system off before changing the air filter.
Make sure that the arrow on the filter - which indicates the
direction of the airflow - is pointing toward the blower motor.
When you've made the change, turn your system back on.
A teachable moment
Beyond saving money and improving
the air quality in your home, changing your air filter is a great
opportunity to teach your family more about energy efficiency.
Consider getting everyone involved, and the entire family will
learn how simple changes can make a big difference.
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