The air filters in your home should be changed every 30 to 90 days to ensure the best air quality for your family.
Air filters trap the dirt, mold spores, and other particles that pass through your HVAC system, so changing them often is essential to good health.
Change your air filters! You hear it all the time, but do you take it seriously? Your air filter is in your HVAC unit, tucked away in a dark corner of your home. How much could air filter replacement really affect your home and your family? More than you might think!
What Do Air Filters Do?
The basic function of an air filter is to clean any air that passes through it while circulating through the HVAC system. Instead of allowing the dust, dirt, pollen, mold spores, and other particles to pass through, the filter collects them and keeps them from being blown into the air you breathe. In most cases, that air has already been in your home, so when it returns, it pulls in hair, animal fur, lint, fibers, and other particles that have been floating around your home.
How Often Should I Change My Air Filters?
The recommendation to change air filters is once every 30 to 90 days, though this could vary based on a few factors. These include:
How often you run your HVAC system – If you live in an area where you don’t need to run either the air conditioner or the heater on a regular basis, your filter could last up to six months. If your HVAC system is running at full capacity all day and all night, there may be a few months that you change it after only 20 days.
How large your home is – The larger the home, the more air that’s going to be pumped through your HVAC system and your air filters. Depending on the size of your HVAC appliance, you may need to change your filters more often. If you have a larger system for a larger home, it’s possible you could stick with the 30-day recommendation.
Who lives in your home – If you have young children or elderly folks living in your home, it’s even more important that the air quality is superior. You’ll want to be sure you stick with the 30-day air filter changing schedule. If any of those in your home have severe allergies or asthma, you might change your filters on a more regular basis.
Whether you have pets – Even if your pets are non-shedding animals, they’re going to leave behind hair to some degree. Any of the hair that doesn’t get vacuumed up becomes susceptible to getting sucked down into your HVAC system. This could quickly cause your filters to fill up, making it essential you change them often. Depending on the type of pet you have, you could possibly go 60 days between changing your filters.
What Are Some Problems That Arise From Not Changing the Filters?
If you don’t change your filters as often as you should, or if you don’t get them changed at all, there are some negative consequences you might experience. This includes:
Unhealthy air circulating in your home – Especially for those with respiratory illnesses, asthma, or allergies, dirty filters could cause or exacerbate health problems for those living in the home.
Higher energy costs – When filters are clogged, dirty, and in need of a change, the HVAC system has to work harder to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. This is going to result in higher energy costs.
Higher repair costs – An inefficient HVAC system with full filters isn’t going to function as it should. That could result in parts breaking down and you have to pay for the repairs when you could have just paid for a new filter.
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