Filtering In Some Financial Savings

As we wrap up our first week of Daylight Savings Time, it’s worth posing the money-saving question of whether you remembered to change the filters in your home’s air vents at the same time you reset your clocks and replaced the batteries in your smoke alarms.  In recent years, both of these activities have grown in popularity because it’s easy to remember them as twice yearly occurrences if they are replaced at regularly scheduled times.

In the case of filters, you might be amazed to learn how much money you can save on items such as energy bills and auto repairs, just by keeping an eye on the filters that are a part of your everyday life. Filters remove solid undesirable particles from elements such as air, water and car engines, but they need to be replaced, or in some cases cleaned out, on a regular basis.

If you stick with a consistent schedule of filter maintenance, you’ll breathe cleaner air and have the benefit of products such as HVAC units and cars that run more efficiently. Here are some rules-of-thumb to provide you with cleaner air, water and running engines and lower bills.

  • As noted previously, filters in home air vents should be replaced at least twice each year, which is why many people do so as a matter of course, with every daylight savings time change.
  • Furnace filters should be changed on a monthly basis and can increase efficiency by 5% in the process.
  • Filters for tap water generally have a useful life of 6-to-9 months. It can be easiest to change air and water filters in your home at the same time.
  • In your car, the average oil filter can last as long as 15,000 miles, while air filters should be changed as often as your oil, in order to ensure peak efficiency.