Filters are essential. In fact, they work to ensure the warm air you breathe is free of particles such as pollen, animal hair, dust, etc.
The best kinds of filters
Electrostatic filters trap bad particles like a magnet. This kind of filter has a high efficiency rate and comes in washable versions that last longer. The price of the filter varies from around $10 to $40.
This kind of filter is super effective, and you’ll only have to spend about $10 on it. It covers large surfaces, and therefore must be cleaned frequently to maintain good air quality.
HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter
This is the type of filter you really want for your home! It is a little more expensive, but creates a remarkably high air quality because of its ability to attract different harmful particles.
Filters to avoid
Fibreglass filters are known for being affordable, but they aren’t recommended. Their lifespan isn’t very long, they are disposable, and often only trap larger dust particles.
Because of their high performance, electronic filters tend to cost a lot more, too. But beware! This type of filter can be harmful for people who suffer from asthma because of the ozone it emits.
Tip n°3: Analyze your oil consumption in winter
Have you ever considered assessing how much oil you use during the cold season? You can start right away by jotting down when your oil consumption is at its highest.
Despite our extremely cold Canadian winters, there are other factors that can affect your oil consumption:
- Wind and storms;
- Having guests over;
- Improper door and window insulation.
Tip n°4: Order your heating oil in advance