Once you become a homeowner, there are so many things you have to consider when it comes to your home’s upkeep. You also are likely to think a lot about how you can save yourself money not only right now but in the long run. While you might think you are already doing all you can to keep your bills low and your home energy efficient, you may not be. After all one of the most effective ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency and overall comfort is something many people bypass. We are, of course, talking about giving your HVAC filter the attention it need. Below you can uncover four ways that you may be able to get more about of your air filter and learn how these changes will positively affect your home and your wallet.

Be Sure You Have The Right Filter

You  may not be aware, but filters all have Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) which they earn. These values are given based off how efficient the filter is. If you are looking for a filter that has certain characteristics, knowing the difference between them can be important. Check out a few of your options below:

  • MERV 1-4
    This sort of filter provides a minimal amount of filtration. If you are looking for a filter that is inexpensive and you are terribly concerned with the quality of your indoor air but you want dust to stay off equipment, this is the right filter for you.
  • MERV 5-8
    For most homeowners, this type of filter is ideal. Not only can these filters collect small particles in the air that cause allergies, but they also do not hinder the airflow in your home.
  • MERV 9-12
    For those who have people living in their home who suffer from extreme allergies, this type of filter is higher efficiency and therefore may benefit you and your family. This type of filter is also a great one to purchase if you have a number of pets in your home.

Change Your Filter When It Is Needed

One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make is to skip changing their air filters. Let’s take a moment to think about when the last time you changed your current air filter was. Can you even remember? Remembering to change out your filter is extremely important and in order to help you be adamant about it, we would suggest you do one or more of the following:

  • Write the date you last changed your filter on your calendar or in the calendar in your phone.
  • Write the date the filter was changed on the filter itself.
  • Set an automatic reminder on your smartphone.

Buy Replacements So That They Remind You

One of the best ways a homeowner can remember to change their filter is to have new filters delivered to their home every 90 or so days. Additionally, you can stock up on new filters at your local hardware store so that you have them in plain view, there to remind you when you haven’t checked on the state of your filter in a while.

Want To Know More About How To Help Your Home’s HVAC System?

Yes, it’s true, these few changes to your care plan for your air filter can make a huge difference where your air conditioner is concerned. However, these aren’t the only adjustments you can make in order to help your home be more energy efficient. If you are interested in learning more about your home’s HVAC system and what you can do to make it work as well and as long as possible, we at Momentum AC can help you. Give us a call today and learn what we can do to make your Tampa home even better than it already is.