Many homeowners are becoming more aware of different ways to save money on energy bills. Simple maintenance tasks such as changing your HVAC filter on a regular basis can improve efficiency.

If you have pets, allergies or smokers, you will need to change your filter every two weeks. You can also choose a high-quality filter that cost more but does a better job at filtering particles.

HVAC Maintenance and Service

According to experts, you should change your air filter once a month in a smoke and pet free home.

The type of air filter you purchase will also determine how often to change the filter. It also depends on how often you use your HVAC system. During the fall and spring months, you will not need to change filters when the system is not in use.

Schedule regular service appointments with a HVAC technician to keep your system running smoothly. A qualified HVAC contractor can save you money by maintaining the system and watching for signs of repair. A regular service contract will help you avoid unnecessary and expensive repairs.

How to Change Your Filter

Turn off the unit before you begin changing the filter. The first step in changing your filter is to locate it inside your home. Remove the vent cover by unscrewing the screws.

Locate the old filter and remove. Replace with the same size filter that fits the opening. The airflow arrows should face towards the outside air.

Stock up on air filters when they are on sale to save money. Use a black marker to write the date on the front of the filter. Mark the date on your calendar to ensure you do not forget when to change the filter.

Energy Savings and Efficiency

Many factors determine your HVAC’s efficiency. Besides the air filter, the unit may work too hard if it is low on refrigerant.

A weak blower motor or dirty evaporated coil may also cause your unit to use too much energy to cool your home. This is why it is a good idea to schedule service checks every six months.

Look for symptoms of potential problems like hot and cold spots, system runs too long before shutting off or your home seems uncomfortable.

Call a HVAC technician if the system has not been serviced in more than two years. Check the registers to ensure a good airflow throughout the room.

Replacing your Dundalk home air filter every month is vital. Call Reliability Home Heating and Air at (443) 399-8663 if you need assistance, or have any concerns.