How to Remember to Change Your Air Filter
HVAC experts agree, changing your air filter regularly is essential. Sometimes with work, school, child care or more pressing chores, it can be easy to forget this seemingly insignificant task. But if you remember to change your air filter on time, it will improve the quality of your air and the efficiency of your HVAC unit.
At Blue Flame, we encourage our customers to change their air filters every 30-90 days. Here are the reasons why, and a few ways to help yourself remember to get it done.
Why Change Your Air Filter?
Your air filter acts as a shield of defense between your home and airborne pollutants like dust, pollen, pet dander and hair, bacteria, and more. After these particulates are sucked into your HVAC system and removed from the air in your home, they will become trapped in your filter instead of re-entering your indoor air.
However, if too much dust gets clogged in your filter, it can affect your air quality and the efficiency of your HVAC unit. Excessive dust blocks the natural flow of air, so your unit has to work harder than usual to heat or cool your home. This can affect the cost of your monthly utility bills as well.
In homes with low to normal amounts of dust, it is best to change your air filter at least every 3 months. In homes with pets, smoking residents, or residents with allergies or asthma, it is best to change your air filter at least once per month.
Ways to Remember to Change Your Air Filter
Even if you fully understand the importance of changing your air filter and the impact it can have on your home, it can still be tricky to remember to get it done. If you are waiting for longer periods of time to change your air filter (such as every 2 or 3 months), it can also be hard to keep track of the last time you changed it out. Here are some tips to help make sure you remember.
1. Use your smartphone.
Set a reminder on your smartphone that repeats at the same date and time every 1-3 months. An alarm will go off and you will receive a notification to change your filter. It’s a good idea to set the reminder for a time of day when you know you will most likely be at home, that way you won’t be tempted to dismiss the notification during the day and forget to change your filter all over again
2. Use your calendar.
If you aren’t a fan of programming your schedule into your smart phone and prefer to use old fashioned pen and paper, you can use a wall calendar or planner as a tool. Flip through your calendar/planner and mark the dates you want to remember to change your air filter for the whole year.
3. Use your thermostat.
This suggestion is for the ultra tech-savvy. If you have a smart or programmable thermostat, it may come with the ability to schedule a variety of reminders for yourself. When the date for changing your filter rolls around, your thermostat will notify you so that you won’t forget.
4. Label your filters.
If technology isn’t your friend and you don’t keep a planner, there is still a back up solution. Buy a package with multiple air filters, then write the dates you plan to change them on the carboard edge of each one. Leave a few extras blank just in case there is an event (such as a home renovation project) that creates more dust in your home than usual and you need to change your filter ahead of schedule.
When it comes to household chores, we know the struggle is real sometimes. We hope these tips will help you remind yourself to change your air filter regularly.
At Blue Flame, we are committed to an exceptional and eco-friendly experience every time you use our heating, air conditioning, and electrical services. Call us at (206) 388-5667 and speak to a member of our team.