The days are getting shorter and the weather is getting a bit cooler, it’s time to start thinking about changing your home’s HVAC system’s air filter. A clean air filter is important for a number of reasons, including improved airflow, better indoor air quality, and increased energy efficiency. Here are three more reasons why you should change your air filter when daylight saving time ends.
- Prepare for Allergy Season
If you suffer from seasonal allergies, now is the time to start preparing for allergy season. One of the best ways to do this is by making sure that your HVAC system has a clean air filter. A dirty air filter can circulate pollen and other allergens throughout your home, exacerbating your symptoms. By changing your air filter, you can help reduce the amount of allergens in your home and make allergy season a little more bearable.
- Get Ready for Cold & Flu Season
Just like changing your furnace’s filter helps prepare your HVAC system for winter, changing your air filter helps prepare your home for cold and flu season. A dirty air filter can circulate viruses throughout your home, leading to an increased risk of getting sick. By changing your air filter, you can help reduce the amount of viruses in your home and keep yourself and your family healthy all winter long.
- Reduce Your Energy Bills
As the weather gets colder, you’ll probably find yourself using your heating system more often. If you have a dirty air filter, though, your heating system will have to work harder to circulate air throughout your home—which means higher energy bills. By changing your air filter, you can help improve airflow and reduce energy consumption (and costs!).
A clean air filter provides a number of benefits, including improved airflow, better indoor air quality, increased energy efficiency, reduced allergens, and reduced viruses. So make sure to change those filters and enjoy all the benefits that come with it!
Here are some additional tips to prep your Harris County home for a Texas winter.
- Change the filters in your HVAC system.
- Have your furnace professionally inspected and serviced.
If you haven’t had your furnace serviced in a while, it’s definitely worth getting it done. A professional will be able to clean the filters and make sure everything is running smoothly.
- Insulate your pipes to prevent freezing.
Wrapping them in insulation or heat tape can help keep them from becoming frozen and bursting in the winter.
- Seal up any cracks or openings in doors and windows to improve insulation.
- Consider installing a programmable thermostat to save energy and money on heating costs. A programmable thermostat can help you control the temperature in your home more efficiently, which can save you money on your energy bill.