It’s been a hot summer, which means your air conditioning system has been working hard to keep you comfortable.

It only takes a couple of minutes to change the air filter in your heating/cooling system. It’s simple and easy, and as has shown, changing your filter every month can save you up to $82 a year.

But that’s not all you can save. A dirty air filter makes your system work harder to keep you cool, which wastes energy. Changing your air filter regularly helps to ensure efficient operation and keep your electricity bill in check. In addition, a dirty air filter allows dust and dirt to build up in your system. Changing your air filter regularly can reduce the need for costly maintenance and prevent damage to your system.

And when winter arrives, it’s just as essential to change your air filter regularly. Your heating system needs to work as efficiently as possible to keep you warm, and a clean air filter helps it do just that.

For more tips on managing your energy, visit JOEMC’s Energy Center.