Below is a great post by fellow Realtor, Ryan Bruzan of KY. It is a reminder of how important it is to remember this one maintenance item in your home. I can't tell you how many times I've shown homes only to find the air filters are dirty. Sometimes they are so bad you'll see "lint" flowing from them. This can leave the prospective homebuyer with the impression that the home has not been well cared for or well maintained.
If your filter needs to be changed or cleaned monthly, it may be helpful to put it on your calendar as a reminder or associate it with something else you do on a monthly basis. Regardless of your method, find something that works for you and keep these filters clean. It may save or cost you money.
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Greetings! Ryan Bruzan here. One of the most neglected home maintenance items, in the humblest of my experienced opinions, is changing the air filter(s) in the furnace. The commonly stated rule is to change the filter once per month, but depending on the season and the type of filter, that rule does not necessarily apply. With the variety of filters out there, it is important to understand the working conditions of the type of filter chosen. Some filters have instructions and important useful information on the packaging.
The following paragraphs are simply my own observations as a homeowner.
TYPES OF FILTERS
Over the years I have tried a variety of filters for a variety of reasons: price, brand, review, experienced usage, energy bill, my own home energy research, respiratory conditions, asthma... I am certain there were other reasons.
The type of filter you will choose depends on your situation. While shopping at a home center for a filter, take a moment to review the information and explore your options.
VERY IMPORTANT: PAY ATTENTION TO THE AIR FLOW AND THE ARROWS ON THE FILTER. If you look at the filter, there is some type of protective screen on one side. The purpose of that screen is to prevent a filter heavily accumulated with dust and debris from begin sucked into the fan, which could stop the fan and burn up the motor, especially if it is not equiped with heavily accumulated filter auto-shutoff switch, a.k.a. HAFASS (I just made up that switch :)
The more porous the filter (like the green filter shown), the greater the airflow, the longer the life of the filter because it doesn't collect micro particles. A micro particle filter, on the other hand, will collect much more particulate matter. Such collection will build at a much faster rate than more porous filter. As the filter collects dust, it clogs the fine pours of the filter. This causes the fan in the system to work harder increasing wear and tear. Additionally, buildup begins to diminish the airflow causing the unit to work longer and harder to produce the results required by your thermostat settings. What happpens when anything has to work longer and harder? It heats up, gets hotter!
In hot, summer months most air conditioning system failures occur as a result of neglecting to change the filter(s); it is that simple. A tight financial situation should deter you from changing your filters. The added costs of everything else that could need to be done is well worth this particular expense. I have learned some valuable lessons.
Lesson One: Filters are cheaper than repairs.
Lesson Two: A/C repairs are like buying new cars. Once you buy a new car and drive it off the lot, you realize that you are not the only one driving that type, style and color car.
Lesson Three: "A service technician should contact you withing 24-48 hours." WHAT!!! DO YOU KNOW HOW HOT IT IS OUTSIDE?!
Lesson Four: Wait.
Lesson Five: Be patient.
Lesson Six: Stay hydrated.
Lesson Seven: Play in the sprinkler.
CHANGE YOUR FILTERS!
What other maintenance items do you see that are commonly neglected?
Ryan Bruzan, REALTOR
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