If you own your home, you know first-hand that there are plenty of responsibilities to maintaining the residence. Cutting the grass, shoveling snow, fixing that leaky faucet and on and on. The bank should include a maintenance man in the mortgage, don’t you agree?
One key piece of home maintenance that is often overlooked it your furnace air filter. Did you just have that “I wonder how long ago I changed my filter?” moment? Well don’t feel too bad about it, but it is a very easy part of upkeep that has several benefits.
Believe it or not replacing your filter will actually save you money in the long run, as your energy bill will decrease because your furnace & air conditioner won’t have to work as hard. Those savings coupled with the health benefits should be enough to help even the most forgetful person (like me) remember to change your furnace filter regularly.
So…which one do you pick? While the 79¢ filter at Bargain Bob’s might be cheap it’s also, well, cheap. Something to consider when choosing a filter is the MERV Rating. No, I didn’t just make that up. MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. Translation: How effective is the filter?
MERV ratings range from 1-16. The higher the MERV rating on a filter, the fewer dust particles and other contaminants can pass through it. Common particles that are tested on a filter are mold spores, dust, tobacco smoke, pet dander, dust and pollen. Most residential home systems will do just fine with a filter rated MERV 6-12. Hospitals and the like will be between 13-16.
Make sure to change your furnace filter about every three months or so to avoid restricted airflow that could damage your system or cause it to run inefficiently.
So breathe easy and stop by Charlie’s Hardware & Rental to replace that furnace filter today!