One of the most important things to remember with forced air HVAC systems is to be vigilant in changing the residential AC or furnace air filter. In Edmonton, this needs to be done at a minimum of every three months but to those with extreme allergies a monthly change will do you good. The dangers of living with a dirty filter are far and wide including higher utility bills, early residential air conditioner failure, and trouble breathing in your home. That being said, forgetting to change the filter is a human mistake. In that case take mental error out of the equation with these helpful ways to remember to change your residential AC filter.
Just Change Monthly
The common sentiment is to change air filters about every three months. While the 3-month schedule works, a great way to always remember to change those air filters is by doing it once a month during the heating and cooling periods. Just like paying the bills, changing the filter can be done like clockwork once a month. If anything the air in your home will be cleaner and the residential air conditioning system will function easier while only costing you an extra $10 to $20.
Filter Delivery Service
Another way to take all the thinking out of when to change the residential AC air filter is by subscribing to a filter delivery service. This up and coming convenience works by arranging with a company to deliver an air filter to your home at an interval that you set. You pick the size and delivery schedule, and when the filter comes in the mail, you simply change them.
Furnace Filter Whistle
Furnace filter whistles are a great solution to take the guesswork out of when to put in a replacement. The inexpensive plastic devices snap into any air filter, and when they are clean, air will pass through easily. As dirt and debris build on the filter, more air will try and sneak through the whistle and the increased flow causes the whistle sound to go off. Simply change the filter, snap the whistle on the new piece and repeat.
Phone Reminder Apps
Smart phones are very helpful in the battle to remember to change residential AC or furnace air filters. Home improvement apps such as ‘HomeSavvy’ or ‘Last Time I….’ keep track of when you last changed the filter and alert you when it’s time to do it again.
Programmable thermostats are not only a great way to lower utility bills, they also can work as a change filter reminder. A service screen shows the accumulated run hours on the current filter and a display alerts you when it’s time to switch in a new model.