Have you been running your air conditioner a lot this season? If the answer is yes, make sure to properly maintain your system. To prevent your airflow from failing during these warmer months, it’s important to know how frequently you should replace your filter. Here are a few things to consider:
1. What type of filter does your HVAC system need?
It’s important to have the proper filter for your system. If your system takes a standard 1” filter then it should be changed every 30 days. If your system uses a filter that is 2” or greater it should be changed every 2-3 months. If you happen to have an air cleaner, the air cleaner media filters should be changed every 6 months, unless you have an electronic air cleaner, those filters can be cleaned and reused.
2. How many people and pets are in the home?
The greater the number of people and pets the more dust, dirt, and dander there is in the air. Because of this you will need to change your filter more frequently. Consider investing in special air filters that can handle pet dander if you live with many pets.
3. Do you live in an area with heavy air pollution?
Air pollutants can be found anywhere, but if there are high levels of pollution in your area it’s a good rule of thumb to check your filter more often than the times listed above, and change them whenever they are dirty.
Although air filters are small accessories that assist your heating and cooling system, they are critical for optimal system performance. Filters come in various energy efficient options. Call Ed’s today for more information and we can find the right filter to fit your needs.