Energy bills are one of the largest expenses most homes have to deal with. Each month you are spending a large amount of money to keep the temperature in your home at a comfortable level. Wouldn't it be great if this bill was a little lower - allowing you to have more money in your wallet at the end of the month to spend on other things?
Luckily, it can be. There are several things you can do that will help to lower the cost of your energy bill, starting with changing your air filter.
How Changing an Air Filter Lowers Your Energy Bill
The price of your energy bill is largely determined by how often your HVAC system runs and how efficiently it runs. If you have an inefficient system that runs a lot, you'll spend a lot more each month than if you had an efficient system that runs less. Changing your air filter at regular intervals can help you with one of these factors.
In order to run well, your HVAC system needs a clean filter. The filter collects things like dust and other debris from the air, but it becomes clogged over time. When it becomes clogged, the HVAC system has to work harder in order to cool down or heat up your home.
This causes it to draw in more power, as it needs to stay on longer. A simple air filter swap every few months could save you quite a bit on your energy bill.
Other Strategies for Lowering Your Energy Bill
Of course, this isn't the only method you can use to lower your energy bill. There are other factors at work and addressing each one could help to lower your bill. For instance, you could look at how often you run your system. Maybe you could keep your home a degree warmer in the Summer, or a degree cooler in the Winter, so that your system doesn't run as often.
Another thing you can look at is the insulation in your home. A properly insulated home will help to trap the air from your AC or furnace within the home, not allowing it to leak out. If you have poor insulation, any temperature changes your HVAC system tries to make will be lessened, costing you more money. Have a professional come to your home and assess how well it is insulated.
Finally, you could look away from your HVAC system altogether. Other things in your home impact your energy bill, not just your HVAC system. For instance, your refrigerator, your washing machine, dryer, and dishwasher all use a large amount of power, and therefore drive up your energy bill.
If you want to lower your monthly bill, you should examine not only how much you're using these appliances, but how old they are. Older appliances are less efficient, and in many cases it makes sense to upgrade to a more energy efficient model.
There are plenty of ways to reduce your energy bill besides the methods mentioned. If you'd like to learn some more strategies, you can check out this guide.
Start with Your Air Filter
Drastically lowering your energy bill each month could end up taking you a decent amount of time. However, changing the air filter is something easy and cost-efficient you can do right now. Doing so will help your HVAC system run more efficiently, and likely save you some money. It doesn't take long, so you can do this while you're figuring out what other strategies you'd like to try.
Hopefully this guide was able to shed some light on how your air filters play a role in your home energy bill. If you'd like to find out more, please feel free to contact us at any time.