How often do you change your air filter? You know it should be done often, but life happens, you get busy with other things and you forget. But changing air filters should be among your top chores. A clean air filter is the best thing you can do to help ensure your HVAC system runs smoothly. A dirty filter blocks air flow, slowing your system down and causing wear and tear on the parts.
OK, so that’s why you should change your air filter. Here are three suggestions for how to remember to change the filter.
1. Leave a note on the refrigerator.
Actually, you can leave yourself a note or other reminder anywhere you are likely to look at it — be it on the fridge door, on your desk or on the kitchen table. Plan your reminder on manufacturer’s recommendations for when to change the filter, whether it’s every month or every three months. Sometimes conditions in the home, such as heavy foot traffic, shedding pets and open doors and windows might necessitate more frequent changes. It doesn’t hurt to check the filter now and then to see if it needs changing.
2. Set your cellphone, tablet or other smart device for reminders.
Your cell phone is a great way to give yourself reminders for important dates. Just put in a message on the calendar feature of your email and set your phone to let you know when it’s time for filter changing.
3. Switch to a smart thermostat, which will let you know when it’s time to change filters.
Many smart HVAC systems have sensors that can tell when it’s time to change the air filter, and will alert you when the time is approaching. Smart thermostats are valued for their convenience and for increasing efficiency by allowing you to adjust temperatures wherever you are, but they are also an excellent resource for helping you to keep your HVAC system clean and running right by changing the filter.
To schedule professional maintenance or order new filters, contact Detmer and Sons. We’ve served our Dayton customers since 1978.
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