It’s hot this summer. That means your air conditiong system is working hard to keep you comfortable. “You can give your system a little relief by doing something as simple as changing the air filter,” says Toni Gore, public relations and marketing assistant for Horry Electric. “It will operate more efficiently and save you some money.”
It only takes a couple of minutes to change the air filter in your heating/cooling system. It’s simple and easy. As TogetherWeSave.com has shown, changing your filter every month can save you $82 a year.
“But that’s not all you can save,” says Gore. “A dirty air filter makes your system work harder to keep you cool, which wastes energy”. Changing your air filter regularly helps to ensure efficient operation, keeps your electric bill in check and reduces the amount of energy you use to keep your home cool.
” What’s more,” continues Gore, “a dirty air filter allows dust and dirt to build up in your system. Changing your air filter regularly can reduce the need for costly maintenance and prevent damage.”
Summer isn’t the only time filters need to be changed. “It’s equally important in the winter,” says Gore. “Your heating system needs to work as efficiently as possible to keep you warm and a clean air filter helps it do that.”.
Experts recommend turning your system off before changing the air filter. Make sure that the arrow on the filter—which indicates the direction of the airflow—is pointing toward the blower motor. When you’ve made the change, turn your system back on. To save time, it’s a good idea to keep a couple of spare filters on hand.
For other tips on how to save energy—and money—visit www.energysavers.gov OR Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives energy-saving website, www.TogetherWeSave.com, or call the efficiency experts at Horry Electric Cooperative at 843.369.2211.