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Air Filters 101

The list of to-do projects around the house seems to never end. It’s easy to let things fall by the way-side when your doorbell hasn’t worked in months and you’re pretty sure the hydrangea on the west side of the house isn’t going to make a comeback. Those unseen projects can slip through the cracks when you don’t have a daily, visual reminder of how badly they need tackling.

Like changing the air filter. Some home owners go months, even years, with out changing the air filters in their homes, when they should be changed about every 90 days or so. Some filters may have a longer lifespan than others, but 90 days is a good rule of thumb.

While you can certainly save money by regularly changing your air filter, it’s not the biggest concern. Mostly, a clean air filter can significantly reduce allergens and dust in your home, which can make for a healthier, more pleasant living space. It’s also better for the environment and for your HVAC system to replace the air filter regularly. A dirty air filter makes your system work harder and get dirty faster. So while you may not save a significant about of money upfront, maintaining a clean air filter can save you costs down the road.

So what kind of air filter should you use? In a nutshell, you should use the most efficient air filter possible without potentially damaging the HVAC system in your home. It’s not necessary to use the most efficient air filter available.

This article about air filters can fill in the gaps in your air filter knowledge and help you decide on the right air filter for you home. It’s not the most fun project in home maintenance, but it’s worth a higher spot on the to-do list.

 


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