When building a home, the rule of thumb when it comes to where you should spend more is for the things that can’t be easily changed. For example, paint is relatively cheap. Light fixtures can be replaced without much effort nor cost, and carpet, while not cheap, is fairly easy to replace. You can probably get by with not buying the best for these items.
Windows and doors are items that fall into the classification of buying quality. Spend a little more on windows and doors that will last. However, the most important item is the heating and air conditioning system of the home. A top-of-the-line HVAC system can last for decades, especially if the homeowner follows a few simple steps when it comes to maintaining the system.
Change Furnace Filters
It seems easy enough, but many failures of home HVAC systems come from the homeowner not changing the furnace filter on a regular basis. A regular filter change will add years to the life of an HVAC system.
How Often Should A Filter Change Be Made?
A schedule to change furnace filters is an easy way to ensure the longevity of the HVAC system. Situations vary, but a monthly change would be ideal in keeping the system up and running. For example, an active family of five with a couple of pets would probably need to change the filter monthly. A home with a single resident or a couple without pets wouldn’t need a furnace filter change as often, maybe once every two months. Also, think about your climate. If you live in a hot, humid climate, the HVAC system will run more, so think about a monthly change. The same can be said of northern cold climates during the winter months.
Scheduling And Costs
Almost everyone has a smartphone these days. A simple way to remind yourself that it is time to change your furnace filter is by adding a reminder on the smartphone’s calendar. As far as cost is concerned, spending $3-5 per month is well worth it when the cost of a new HVAC system can be upwards of $9,000.
Spend a little money now and save yourself a lot later by routinely changing your furnace filter. You’ve spent money on quality, so make sure it lasts.