Air filters: a boring appliance part OR an incredible energy saver?

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It’s time for our November energy saving tip! This month it’s all about furnace filters, which at first glance might seem like a super boring topic, BUT it turns out they are incredible – a key component to energy savings and home comfort. So, as temperatures begin to tip one of the first things you might want to do is check out your furnace filter.

Our heating systems will be working hard through the cold season and dirty filters can restrict air flow, which increases your energy usage and shortens the life of your furnace. In fact, the most common reason heating systems break down is because of dirty air filters! On the other hand, clean filters will help keep energy costs down (anywhere from 5-15 percent), create healthy air quality for your family, and keep your entire heating and cooling system clean (this means avoiding unexpected breakdowns, extra repairs, service, and parts!).

A healthy heating system in your home also means a healthy family; dirty air filters can worsen air quality and exacerbate symptoms from anyone who suffers from allergies or asthma. Kilowatt Kitty says, check those filters – right meow! During the winter they should be changed ideally once a month or at a bare minimum every three months.

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