At some point in our lives, each of us has been asked to do what the title of this post says. We all know too well what it's like to close our eyes and feel that cold stethoscope on our skin. Today I want you to imagine trying to take that deep breath, but it's being restricted. You are feeling like an elephant is sitting on your chest.
If you have a few minutes, I'd like to give you the lowdown on just how important changing the filters in your home HVAC system is, as well as how often your filter needs to be changed.
Most homeowners ask: Why is changing the air filter important?
First, a clogged air filter can cause serious extensive damage to your system as well as your body! Those that check their air filters regularly ensure the longevity of their operating system, which in turn saves thousands in repair and replacement fees. Dirt and neglect are the number one reason heating and cooling systems fail!
Second, changing your filters ensures cleaner, fresher, healthier air inside your home. This is better for everyone in the home especially, those who are elderly, or suffer from allergies & asthma. A clean air filter means your homes aren't circulating dirty air particles. Most inexpensive filters should be changed every 30 days. In some cases you can purchase more top of the line filters that last about 60 to 90 days. I love that you can customize the filters you need for you home based on your needs. We have children with allergies & pets, so my filter of choice is the highest allergen filter closest to what is used in commercial buildings. I normally choose a MERV RATING of 12 or better! I learned the hard way that not all filters are made equally. Get what's best for you and your families needs!
Third, in addition to protecting your HVAC from unnecessary damage, changing your clogged filter will save you MONEY. Staying on top of air filter changes can save you up to 20% on your monthly utility bills.
Lastly, since I'm all about saving money, I'd like to share with you where I get my air filters! Discount Filters is the place to go for all your filter needs. The discounts they provide their customers are deep. To top that off, they send email reminders so you don't ever forget to purchase & replace your filters. With this attention to detail, you never have to store unused filters in your home! Before purchasing at any of your big box stores, give them a try. Check out their website- you won't be disappointed!