Remember to Change Your Air Filter with These Tips

Remember to Change Your Air Filter with These TipsIf you’re like a lot of homeowners, you have good intentions when it comes to taking care of your home’s heating and cooling system. Yet, you’re living a busy life, and it’s not easy to remember simple but essential maintenance tasks. One of the easiest to forget is checking the air filter in your furnace, A/C or heat pump system. Yet, allowing the filter to clogged with dust can reap negative consequences in wasted energy, eroded comfort, and reduced indoor air quality.

Why is the Air Filter Important?

The filter performs an essential job. It sifts out dust and other airborne debris that otherwise will coat HVAC components and make it difficult for the equipment to operate properly. Higher-efficiency filters also filter out airborne contaminants, protecting the health of home occupants with allergies and respiratory ailments. When the filter gets clogged with dust, however, your HVAC system must work harder to draw air into the equipment and circulate it throughout the home. This wastes energy, stresses parts and reduces home comfort as some parts of the house stay too hot or too cold.

Tips for Remembering to Check the Filter

Most furnace and A/C filters should be inspected monthly and changed when they look clogged. So how do you remember to check the filter every month?

  • If it’s time for an upgrade, install a new HVAC system that comes with a “check-filter” light.
  • Some programmable Wi-Fi thermostats will send a message to your smartphone or computer when it’s time to check or change the filter. You can also program monthly reminders into your phone or computer.
  • Incorporate a filter inspection into other monthly household tasks. For example, place a reminder in your checkbook to inspect the air filter at the start of each month when you’re paying bills.
  • Purchase several filters, and leave the unused ones in a conspicuous location as a reminder.

For more advice on choosing the best air filter for your forced-air HVAC system, please contact us at Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning, providing quality service in North San Diego and surrounding communities.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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27 Comments

  • I really like the tips you brought up here. I’ve always known that replacing the air filter is important, but I’ve just never really remembered all that well. Even the “check filter” light is easily ignored sometimes. I think the one that would be most helpful is the smartphone reminder. I mean, I’ve got my phone with me all the time. Thanks for the heads up!

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  • My wife recently started sneezing a lot, and after reading, I feel that it might be the air quality in our home. I’ll take your advice and check my air filters. I’ll make sure to replace them quickly. If my wife stays the same, I’ll get a professional in to see what’s wrong.

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  • I agree it can be very difficult to remember to replace your air filters. I liked your tip about putting your extra air filters in a place where you will seem them often. That does seem like it would help you keep in mind that you need to change it. Do you know where you can get a large supply of air filters?

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  • My AC unit broke and I’m trying to find ways to remind me to change the filter to prevent future breaks. Thanks for the advice about how you can get a Wi-Fi thermostat that will send reminders to your phone. Another great idea to help you remember would be to set a monthly reminder on your phone during a time when you know you’ll never be busy.

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  • These are some great tips, and I appreciate your advice to include a filter inspection in your list of monthly household tasks. My air conditioner is something I tend to take for granted, and sometimes I forget that there are things I should be doing to keep it running well. Every month, I like to do some deep cleaning around the house, and I have a master list I usually reference, so I’ll definitely make sure to add an air filter inspection to that so I remember to do that. Thanks for the great post!

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  • Great reminder to check your filter! I always forget to replace mine so this is a good tip for me.

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  • I really did not know that AC filters had to be changed so often! I just change them about twice a year. This is so good to know because I want to make sure the air in my home stays good. I don’t think dirty filters are going to help with that!

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  • I like the suggestion about installing an HVAC system that comes with a “check filter” light or one that can send a message to your smartphone. Those are two options that everyone will most likely see. Reminders are worth it when it can help you maintain your things.

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  • My HVAC system has been having issues. Thanks for the advice about how you should change the filter regularly. Another thing to consider is to get your HVAC serviced by a licensed professional.

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  • I really like your tip for purchasing several filters so that you can be reminded to change it when you need to. My husband and I have noticed that our air conditioning hasn’t really been working very well so we will have to call someone in to check it out. We might change our filter just to see if that solves the problem.

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  • Excellent article. Thanks for sharing such helpful tips on checking air filter. Regular check ups and maintenance are highly required for all HVAC units.

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  • Thank you for the tips you have provided to help remember the importance of changing the air filters. I hadn’t thought about buying a few extra filters so I can remember to change them whenever they need to be changed. I think it is a great idea to have reserves and I will make sure to start doing this, it could make my life easier.

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  • Thank you for these amazing tips. I usually set reminders on my phone or jot it down on my personal diary. I will try implementing these tips as well.

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  • That’s a good tip to install an HVAC with a check-filter light. That way you’ll have a visual indicator of when to clean out your filter. My parent’s energy bill has been going; do you think the filter is the cause of that?

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    • You should have a professional take a look at their system! Hopefully they could determine the issue!

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