Heating and cooling your home can be a very expensive task. Heating and cooling is a large portion of most energy bill, contributing up to 43% of the total cost. Improving the efficiency of your heating and cooling units will help to reduce your bill. One way to do this is by replacing your air filters regularly. Having an air filter whistle will help ensure you do so on a regular basis.
An air filter whistle alerts you when your furnace or air conditioner’s filter needs to be exchanged. It is simply two pieces that are placed onto the air filter at the time of installation. A clean filter allows for air to pass through. However, a dirty filter will often have dirt and dust stuck inside. This will cause the air filter to not work properly. The air will be forced to escape through somewhere so it will go through the whistle, causing it to go off. The whistle will give you a steady signal that it is time to replace the filter.
Once you get a new air filter, you can place the air filter whistle onto the new air filter as the whistle is reusable. Installing the whistle onto your new air filter isn’t hard.
Steps to install your air filter whistle:
- Locate your HVAC systems filter. There is a number of different places it could be, but it can usually be found behind a grate in your wall or in the ceiling of your home. If you aren’t sure where it’s located, make sure you check the owner’s manual.
- Once you’ve found it, remove the air filter. To remove, just slide it out of place. Once you’ve taken it out, examine if the air filter needs to be replaced. If it does, be sure to replace it.
- Install the air filter whistle. You will notice that it comes in two separate pieces. To install, just place the two pieces on opposite sides of each other. Press them together through the filter. Make sure the base of the two pieces is facing the direction of the incoming air and that the second piece is on the opposite side where the air leaves the filter.
- Place the filter back into the HVAC system. Now that the air filter whistle has been installed, all you have to do is slide the filter back into place. Make sure that when you put it back, the filter is in there properly. If not, the whistle won’t work the way it’s supposed to.
Without the whistle, your heating and air conditioning won’t work properly and will make the lifetime of your system shorter than it should have been. So be sure that you check and replace your air filter regularly. And be sure that when you install the air whistle, that you do it correctly.
You will not only save money in your energy bill, but also in the replacement of your heating and cooling system.