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The One Home Item You Must Replace Before Summer

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Spring is in full swing, and summer is right around the corner. While you might have already completed your spring cleaning, there are some other tasks you should take care of before the hot weather gets here. Most notably, there’s one key thing in your home that you should replace.

You should replace your air filter before summer to maintain the air quality in your home and potentially lower your electric bill.

While this is a small task, it can make a huge impact on your home. Your HVAC system’s air filter performs a number of important duties. Its most obvious one is the filter out allergens, dander, and dust from the air and help prevent allergic reactions like sneezing and coughing.

But if you’ve noticed your electric bill going up, it could help there as well. The air filter helps your system run smoother and more efficiently and being sure to replace it can ultimately put a small dent in your bill.

LEVOIT Air Purifiers

For extra help removing allergens, try an additional air purifier.

During the spring and fall, your air filter is able to have a bit of a break. Because many of us aren’t running our heating or air conditioning during this time, it doesn’t have quite as much work to do. But once spring has passed and it’s time to turn your A/C back on again, that filter has likely already weathered a cold winter and had a spring break. Now, it’s time to replace it.

As for how to do so, all systems are different, but you should find out if your home uses a fiberglass or pleated filter, determine the size of filter you need, and then, find the return air duct in your home. Unhook or unscrew the latch and wipe down the grates. Remove the old filter, place the new filter into position based on its directions, secure the latch, and you’re done.

If you want to ensure that you and your family stay cool and allergy free this summer, it’s time to replace your air filter.

Shea Simmons Shea Simmons
Shea Simmons is the Assignments Editor at LifeSavvy. Previously, she worked as a freelance writer with a focus on beauty and lifestyle content. Her work has appeared in Bustle, Allure, and Hello Giggles. Read Full Bio »
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