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Air Filters Fall And Winter Are The Most Important Seasons For Changing Your Air Filter
 

Air Filters Fall And Winter Are The Most Important Seasons For Changing Your Air Filter

Now that fall has arrived and you don't need your air conditioner as much, that's no reason to worry about cleaning or changing air filters, right?

Wrong!

In fact, filters may need even more attention in fall and winter because homes are more tightly sealed and air quality becomes even more important during the cold and flu season. Air filers are inexpensive gizmos that never get the credit or attention they deserve, and you could be paying for that mistake in higher utility bills and poor air quality in your home, office or business.

Think for a minute-when was the last time you changed that air filter, or had it changed? Do you even know where it's located?

People spend much of their life indoors-at school, home or in an office or business-and that increases in winter when air pollution levels indoors are often 10-times greater than those outdoors.

Changing a filter is simple

Changing or cleaning an air filter in a comfort system is just about the easiest and cheapest job there is, yet very few people change them on the recommended monthly basis. Some units run for months with the same filters. Running a system with a dirty filter makes the unit work harder and longer and that will cost you more. Running a unit without a filter is an invitation to costly repairs and even health problems.

The simplest way to remember to change your filter is to do the job about the same time your monthly utility bill arrives, according to specialist with the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service. They note that even a slightly dirty filter can reduce the capacity of a typical home air conditioning system by 1/4-ton.The worse the filter's condition, the lower the performance.

Running a system without a filter lets all that dust and dirt collect on blowers and coils, insulting them and adding weight that creates "drag" which will shorten the system's operating life and increase operating costs.

Check filters monthly

Clean filters also mean cleaner air indoors according to the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute.

Filters come in various forms and designs to perform different jobs. Standard filters, such as throw-away fiberglass or washable metal mesh, catch the larger, more visible particles of dust and dirt that circulate through a forced air system. Filters should be checked at least every two months under normal conditions and should be checked every 30 days during peak use. For other news editorials, see; hepa air purifier.

Author Notes:

Mark Hindley contributes and publishes news editorial to http://www.fresh-air-purifiers.com.  Learn more about air health and purifiers, plus allergies, molds and asthma and what to do about it.

 
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