Although it’s below freezing outside as I type this, Winter will officially be here in a little over a week. The start of a new season means replacing our old air filter with a new one!
Now I’m going to put the Filtrete Healthy Living Filter to the test. Here are the specs according to Filtrete.
Filtrete Healthy Living Filter, MPR 1900
- Ideal for allergens and small particles like bacteria and virus.
- Captures up to 93 percent of large airborne particles, such as household dust, pollen, mold spores and dust mite debris, from the air passing through the filter.
- Captures 4X times more microscopic particles, such as smoke, smog, pet dander and particles that can carry bacteria and viruses, than ordinary pleated filters (*compared to basic pleated filters for the capture of 0.3 to 1.0 micron particles.)
- Last up to three months.
- Find them at Lowe’s, Target, Walmart, Costco and your local hardware store; find a location near you by visiting FindMyFiltreteFilter.com.
- MSRP: $19.99-$21.99
I’m definitely looking forward to using an air filter that can keep bacteria and virus away during these cold, winter months!
I’m also looking forward to ignoring the filter for another three months!
Since this is the first year I’ve used a quarterly filter, I’ve enjoyed the months I didn’t have to think about switching air filters.
Keeping our HVAC unit in good condition is a priority for me, so I try to do all the right things to keep it running smoothly. I like to prevent problems from happening in the first place.
Here are a few things I do to keep our unit in good working order:
1. Regular HVAC maintenance.
Some service providers offer specials where they will come check your unit before the season change. I like this option because they can catch problems like a broken line or clogged air conditioner drain before you switch from heat to air (or air to heat). Sometimes they’ll even find (and move) an animal that’s made a home in the unit!
2. Use a quality air filter and replace it as necessary.
It can be tempting to leave an old air filter in for an extra month, but it’s not worth it. As the filter collects more dust, air can’t flow as easily though the filter. That means the HVAC unit has to work harder!! Saving a few dollars by delaying that filter purchase could actually cost big bucks on future repairs. So make sure to use the right filter and stick to a schedule for replacing it.
3. Install a programmable thermostat.
My husband and I often talked about getting a programable thermostat but we never got one. That is, until we moved to our current house.
We’ve been using this Filtrete Programable Thermostat that the former owners installed and we love it! It allows us to adjust the heat on a preset schedule as well as lower the temperature when we’re not home or sleeping. It even tells us how much more/less our utility bill will be when we change the temperature.
Installing a programmable thermostat costs some money up front, but the electric bill savings definitely make up for it.
4. Rotate your ceiling fan.
By doing something as simple as rotating your ceiling fan the correct way, you can stay comfortable while setting your thermostat at a lower temperature this winter. In the winter months, you want the blades to turn counterclockwise (this looks clockwise when looking up towards the fan) so the heat will be pushed down into the room. You and your family will feel warm and your unit will work less!
So there you have it! 4 easy ways to stay warm this winter and keep your heat bill.
I want to say a big THANK YOU to Filtrete for allowing me to use their filters be a brand ambassador this year. I’m definitely a fan! You should be too ;)
They offer coupons and specials on a regular basis so make sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and register to receive seasonal e-newsletters featuring special offers and filter change reminders.
You can also snag a $6 coupon right now by clicking on the deals and rebates section of Filtrete.com.