At this point in the year, it’s safe to say summer is in full swing, which is great. Summer means vacations, going to the pool, and fun in the sun. Unfortunately for many, it also means higher energy rates, usage, and bills. Keeping the home cool when it gets hot out can become quite a task. The more pressure that is put on the cooling system, the more energy required by it to cool the home, and the higher energy bills will be (as well as your anxiety when you receive it in the mail). Experts suggest replacing air conditioner filters regularly to help maintain system efficiency and decrease cooling costs. If you know the exact moment when it regularly occurs, then that’s great. However, if you need a reminder, consider using AC filter whistles throughout your home.
Also referred to as an air filter alert whistle, an AC filter whistle is made of two plastic pieces that snap together onto the filter. When the filter is clean, air is able to move freely through the material. In time, dust and dirt build up occurs. At this point, more air is being forced through the whistle. As time progresses, the accumulated dirt and dust causes the filter whistle to produce a steady, audible sound. When you hear this sound, it is time to either clean or replace the filter in your central air conditioner or furnace.
One of the great attributes of an air filter alert whistle is that it doesn’t need to be replaced along with the old filter. When you remove the dirty filter, simply clean off and reattach the whistle to the new one. This process can be repeated many times over, allowing you to increase the efficiency of your cooling system. This in turn will allow you to save money on energy costs, and spend more money on vacation, or ice cream, or anything else that will make the heat of this summer a bit more tolerable.