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Ways to Save: Check, change filters

Clogged, dirty filters block normal airflow and reduce the efficiency of your HVAC unit. According to the US Department of Energy, replacing a dirty filter with a clean one can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5 to 15 percent. 

Filters should be checked and changed regularly to make the best use of your energy consumption, especially during pollen season. Filters may also need more attention when the air condition is in constant use or if fur-bearing pets are in the house. 

Be sure you are using the right filter. Unless your system calls for a pleated filter, get a basic one. The harder the system has to work, the more electricity it takes to run. If you want help shopping for the right filter, or monthly reminders to check each month, sign up for the filter change program and have filters delivered to your door. Learn more at www.jacksonemc.com/filter.