6 Easy Ways To Remember To Change Your Furnace Filters
Checking on your HVAC system isn’t really how anyone likes to spend their free time, but it’s crucial to the health of your system. Keeping your system running smoothly and efficiently will help prolong its life and avoid problems, saving you trouble and money down the line.
Six ways to remind You To change your filter:
Prepare a checklist to complete over the year.
The best way to get started is to prepare a checklist of home maintenance tasks and display it somewhere prominently. The list should include important tasks and when they should be completed. Include things like changing air filters, scheduling maintenance checkups, cleaning the unit, repairing ducts, etc.
Create a calendar or schedule (and stick to it).
Once you’ve created your checklist, create a calendar of when everything should be completed and stick to it. It can help to fall into a routine — for example, scheduling maintenance checkups in the spring or checking air filters on the first of every month.
The key is to hold yourself accountable. Falling behind on things like changing air filters or scheduling maintenance checkups can allow small problems to grow into big (and costly) ones.
Set a reminder to change your air filters.
Ideally, air filters should be changed every one to three months, depending on the type of filter you have. Certain high efficiency filters may only need to be changed once a year, so check your model and set an alarm accordingly.
Forgetting to change air filters can cause serious issues to your system’s blower motor. Over time, the dirt builds up on your filter, affecting the amount of air that the furnace is able to pull through the filter. In turn, this makes the blower motor work harder to get the air — increasing your electricity bill and eventually causing your blower motor to overheat and dramatically decrease its life expectancy.
To help avoid this, consider setting an alarm to help remind you to change your air filters. Use your phone to create a personalized alarm to help remind yourself. Some phones even allow you to set it to go off on a schedule so you never forget.
Write reminders on the filters themselves.
The cardboard edge of the filter is a perfect surface for writing. If you’re a visual person, take a dark marker and write the date the filter needs to be changed directly on the cardboard. You’ll be able to see it every time you pass the filter.
You could also hide a sticky note on or near your thermostat reminding you of important tasks to be done.
Time maintenance check-ups with important dates.
Sure, nobody really wants to spend their birthday with their maintenance man. However, lining up yearly HVAC check-ups with important dates (like always doing it the week after your birthday, or every spring) can help you remember them. Or, consider lining up maintenance check-ups around the time changes, using “fall back” for winter maintenance and “spring forward” for summer maintenance.
As you see the date approaching, it will remind you of whatever task needs to be done. Likewise, if you forget when something needs to be completed, lining it up with an important date can help jog your memory.
Reward yourself for remembering.
Having something to look forward to can help motivate you to complete your home HVAC tasks. And keeping your HVAC system running smoothly saves you money, so why not put a little of that earned cash toward yourself?
Even something as small as ordering takeout or going to see a new movie after replacing your air filters can help motivate you to complete what might be an otherwise mundane task.
What are other ways you can remind yourself to check out your HVAC equipment?