filter-change-300x195You often hear about how important it is to keep your air filter clean during the summer months. The last thing you want when your AC is working overtime to keep your home cool is for a dirty filter to clog up the air flow.

The same is true for your heating system during the winter months, as well.

Champion AC recommends that homeowners check their filter once a month. If you notice signs of dirt, change it out for a fresh filter.

Why is this so important? Dirty air filters cost you money and waste energy. In the short term, dirty air filters cost about $5 a month in extra energy use (according to Energy Star). Long term, the cost is even greater. Dirty filters can cause your air conditioning and heating equipment to fail, leading to costly repairs or replacements.

I try to make it easy to remember to change my filter. I have a reminder set up in my phone for the 1st of the month. That way, I get a pop-up reminder every 30 days or so to check my filter. I’ve heard of others using the day each month to pay their bills to also check their air filter. Whatever works for you, remember to do it!


Ben Hubbert is a retired Combat Controller with the United States Air Force. He started Champion AC in 2007. Ben is originally from the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He is happily married and an avid fan of the San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Saints.