Last week we talked about 5 Essential Home Upgrades for Fall, this week, we’re talking about how fall can affect your home’s air and water.
The changing of seasons is always the perfect reminder to check your air and water filters. Not only is changing your air and water filters regularly recommended, but it will also keep you and your family healthy throughout the year.
Changing your air filters regularly can do each of the following:
- Extend the life of your HVAC unit
- Lower your energy bill
- Maintain healthy air quality
- Avoid frequent repairs and breakdowns
- Help limit your exposure to fall allergens
Why Do You Need to Change Your Air Filters?
HVAC systems collect a lot of dust, dirt particles and other contaminants. When the system turns on, it will disperse those contaminants will go back into the air if your filters are dirty and clogged. Poor air quality can lead to a variety of health issues. These issues can include but are not limited to headaches and even respiratory illnesses. Living in an environment where the air is making you sick will lead to more sick days, reduced productivity and ultimately influences your bottom line. That’s why changing your air filter regularly is so important.
That’s not all when you are not changing your air filter regularly, your HVAC system can stop functioning, and it can also cause your energy bill to rise.
It is recommended that you change your air filters at least every 3 months. Depending on the age of your house and the characteristics of your home’s environment, you may need to change it more often.
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Not only is autumn the perfect time to change your air filters, but it is also a great time to change your water filters too! Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you are changing your water filtration system, reverse osmosis systems, water pitcher filters and/or refrigerator filters.
It’s important to change your water filters regularly. Water filters help remove the contaminants that are commonly found in tap water, the longer you put off changing the more of a chance you will have of foul-tasting water with traces of contaminants.
It’s always a good idea to wash your water containers regularly. You can have the best water treatment system in the world, but if you are putting clean water into a dirty container, it may no longer be safe to drink. Make sure that you are properly and regularly cleaning your water containers, from household pitchers to water bottles.
Here’s a simple way to clean your containers and reusable water bottles:
- Mix a few drops of dish detergent into the clean water and pour it into the storage container.
- Agitate the liquid and scrub the inside with a nonabrasive scrub brush or a clean dish rag, then rinse the container thoroughly.
If you have a water softener, don’t forget to maintain it! Typical water softeners use resin beads to capture hardness ions, and periodically use salt to cleanse the beads and prepare the unit to remove more hardness ions. If you have a water softening system, be sure to check salt levels at least once a month. How do you check the salt level? Simply lift the tank lid and look inside; if the tank is less than half full, it needs more salt. When in doubt always consult a professional.
We hope that this information has been helpful and will have you going into the fall season with confidence!