When was the last time you changed your home’s air filter? It’s probably been a while. For years I didn’t even know an air filter existed until one day a handy brother of mine felt the need to check my vents. What he found was not only embarrassing, but horrific. Dust, dander, dog hair galore! It’s astonishing what we allow ourselves to breathe in, especially in our own homes. Get this: you’re supposed to change your air filter at least every three months—sometimes more often depending on the type of filter. Changing it out will save not just your lungs and sinuses, but also your electricity bill. A blocked filter, basically a grossly clogged (expired) filter, causes your air conditioner’s motor to go into overdrive because of restricted air flow. Ultimately, your A/C will get tired of doing this and then die. Just in case you didn’t know: air conditioners and their installation are not cheap.

So instead of waiting until the death of your air conditioner to realize air filter maintenance is critical to saving money, try buying air filters in bulk. This will not only save you cash in the long run, it will also encourage you to change your filter out as often as you should. Check out DiscountFilters.com, a site where you get the best deals on air filters plus free shipping. Instead of paying at least $8 for a single, 20 x 20 x 1, quality filter at my neighborhood Home Depot or Lowe’s, I can buy a six pack for around $30. That difference is so huge, I can literally breathe in the savings!

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more cleaning tips, check out:

6 Cheap and Easy DIY Floor Cleaner Formulas

How to Clean and Maintain Leather Furniture on the Cheap

Over 40 of KCL’s Best-Ever Cleaning Tips