The Smart Way to Save

BEAT THE SUMMER HIGH ENERGY BILLS

Some of the costs of utilities in your home are not easy to lower and they may even seem as the get higher and higher every month. However, there is a smart way to save on these bills.

If you’re hoping to keep cooling costs down, there’s one easy thing you can do: choose the right air filter for your AC. Your efforts can lower the energy consumption of your AC unit by 5 to 15 percent, according to the US Department of Energy, at the end of a year is a lot of money saved in your pocket.

Choose the Right Air Filter

When choosing a type of air filter for your house, consider your family’s specific needs and fin the filter that best fits those. Be aware that the MERV ratings on filters indicate how efficient the filter is in removing smaller particles from the air:

  • MERV 6: Fiberglass filters. Great at capturing common household dust, lint and pollen.
  • MERV 8: Electrostatically charged to remove more dust and debris from the air. Excellent for removing household dust, lint, pollen, dust mites’ debris and mold spores.
  • MERV 11: Superior air filtration and efficiency. Best solution for families and even pet owners. Removes dust, lint, pollen, dust mites’ debris, mold spores, pet dander, smoke, smog cough and sneeze.
  • MERV 13: Reduce allergy and asthma triggers by capturing the unwanted allergens from your home’s air. Excellent at removing dust, lint, pollen, dust mites’ debris, mold spores, pet dander, smoke, smog cough and sneeze, bacteria and even harmful virus carriers.

Change the Filter Frequently

Once you have a new filter in place, it is recommended that you change it once every 30 days for MERV 6 and 60 days for the higher efficiencies, to prevent it from becoming clogged with dust, hair and other debris. When this happens, airflow is restricted and the unit is forced to work harder, driving up your energy bills.

To solve these issues, set up a reminder to check your filter monthly and change as recommended.