Shawn’s Tip Of The Week: Check And Change Your Air Filters
Everyone knows that changing air filters is one of the most basic parts of building maintenance. But it’s easy to let simple things like this fall behind and end up with a facility that’s running inefficiently. It’s never a bad time to make sure you’re operating efficiently, so check your filters today.
Many people change filters according to the manufacturer’s specs. That’s a good place to start, but in reality, every building is different. The manufacturer’s recommendation is an estimate at best, and your actual needs could differ significantly. The only way to know for sure is to see for yourself.
You don’t need to be an HVAC expert to know how clean filters save you money, reduce wear on equipment, and improve air quality. It’s one of those things that is so intuitive and straightforward, though, that it can be easy to forget.
I think that anytime is a good time to inspect air filters (whether the system is currently running or not), so why not do it today? Replace dirty filters, and document how clean/dirty they are monthly. Once you establish how long a filter really lasts in your facility, you’ll be on track to getting maximum efficiency and quality out of your system.
Header image: Dirty Air Filter by Ivy Dawned used via Creative Commons license