If you’re anything like me, little household chores may slip your mind. No. Judgement. Here. Your home’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system maintains the air quality of your home. However, your HVAC system will only work properly if its air filter is regularly inspected and changed. Oopsies.

As your HVAC system works to circulate the air in your home, its filter will remove dust and pollen particles from the air. According to Energy Star, an international standard for energy-efficient consumer products, your HVAC system should have its filter changed at least every three months. But check it monthly. If it looks dark and clogged, go ahead and change it. If you have pets, you’ll probably need to change every month.

The following are some of the advantages of changing your HVAC’s filter regularly:

  • Energy costs: Your HVAC system will use more energy if it has to work with a clogged air filter. According to industry experts, a household can save up to 15 per cent on its annual energy bill by replacing air filters regularly.
  • Air quality: A clogged air filter won’t clean your home’s air as efficiently as a clean filter. As a result, dust, dirt and allergens can spread around your home.

HVAC system lifespan: A dirty air filter can spread dirt throughout your entire HVAC system and put undue stress on the system’s motor. As a result, systems with dirty air filters often require expensive maintenance over time, or need to be replaced entirely.

So there you have it… a little reminder on keeping your home safe and healthy.