Winter is a time when doors and windows stay shut, to keep precious heat trapped inside. The unfortunate side effect? Air is trapped inside as well. It’s up to the home’s air handling system to move that air and clean it of dust and allergens. That’s where air filters come in, and why it’s so important to make sure they are clean.
Change Air Filters to Keep Your Family Healthy
If you don’t have clean air filters, you and your family will feel it. Without clean air handling filters, your home’s ventilation system cannot scrub your air of all the particles trapped in the house. The EPA says “the most effective way to improve indoor air quality is to eliminate individual sources of pollution or to reduce their emissions.” That dust and allergens are real health hazards, and certainly a contributor to the greater incidence of winter respiratory problems many of us suffer during the cold months.
Dirty air filters can also impact your utility bills. When the system has to work harder to move air through dirty filters, it uses more power. Clean air filters are an efficient and inexpensive way to keep heating/cooling bills in check, and the air in your house fresh and clean.
Regular Air Filter Checks
You can certainly replace the air filters in your house yourself; it’s one of the easier home maintenance tasks. It should be done at least four times a year, and perhaps more frequently depending on the presence of pets or other factors. Because of it’s importance in a well-maintained home, we’ve included it as part of the HomeSquare Essentials plan, which many of our customers take advantage of as a cost-efficient way to keep their houses in great shape year round. Need help with your ventilation system or other work around your home? Give HomeSquare a call!