Have you heard the phrase “stepping over dollars to pick up pennies”?
The urge to save a few bucks can cause us to miss out on big savings. It’s smart to spend wisely but there are times when we have to invest in ourselves and our homes if we want to save money. So, is trying to save money costing you? Angies list suggests 5 reasons for regularly changing the A/C filter in your home. 3 of the 5 reasons come down to, “it will save you money”.
The most common reason for an air conditioning system to break down is due to a dirty filter. As dirt and debris accumulate on the filter, air can’t pass through it. The motor then has to work harder to circulate the air through your system. This causes unneeded stress on the unit and can lead to the unit needing repairs, or in a worse case it could lead to you needing to buy a whole new system. Replacing the filters is an easy way to lengthen the life of your cooling system.
When the clogged air filter is causing the system to work harder and longer, more energy is being used. More energy used means higher electric bills. In the Greater Phoenix Metro Area 51% of the average monthly electric bill goes toward home cooling. When you consistently change your air filter, you can save up to 15% on your utility costs.
A clean air filter is particularly important in families that suffer from allergies or asthma. Dirty air filters degrade air quality and can aggravate symptoms. For homes with pets, it’s even more important as pet dander will accumulate in the system and then spread allergens throughout the house. Replacing your filter will help prevent air quality from deteriorating.
Is trying to save money costing you?