No one wants to think about it, but your air filter will eventually need to be replaced. How often this happens depends on various factors, including the type of filter you have, the size of your home, and the number of pets you have.
This blog post will discuss how often you should change your air filter based on these factors. We will also provide some tips on prolonging your air filter’s life.
- The Type of Filter You Have
Your air conditioner is the workhorse of your home, and it works hard to keep you cool all summer long. But like any machine, it needs regular maintenance to run its best. One of the most important things you can do for your AC changes the air filter regularly.
It depends on the type of air filter you have. Disposable filters should be changed every 30-60 days, depending on the condition of your home and how often you use your AC.
If you have a reusable or washable air filter, it can last up to a year with proper maintenance. You’ll need to clean it every 30-60 days and replace it every 12-24 months.
- The Size of Your Home
The next factor that will affect how often you need to change your air filter is the size of your home. If you have a smaller home, you can get away with changing your air filter every three months.
On the other hand, if you have a larger home, you will need to change your air filter more frequently, about every two months. It is because a larger home will have more air so that the air filter will get dirtier faster.
- If You Have Pets and Children
Pets and children can track all sorts of things from the outdoors, which can quickly clog your filter and reduce its efficiency. We recommend changing your filter every two to three months if you have pets or children.
If someone in your home suffers from allergies, you must change your air filter regularly. Allergens like pollen, dust, and pet dander can build up in your filter and recirculate through your home if it’s not changed often enough.
- The Type of Heating or Cooling System
There are different HVAC systems, each with a different recommendation for air filter changes. For example, most standard central air conditioning systems should change the air filter every 30 to 60 days during regular operation.
However, if you have pets or live in an incredibly dusty area, you may need to change the filter more frequently. On the other hand, if you live in a clean environment and have no pets, you might be able to wait a little longer between changes.
- The Climate
Lastly, your climate will also affect how often your air filter needs to be changed. If you live in an area with a lot of dust, pollen, or other airborne particles, you will need to change your filter more frequently than someone who lives in a clean area.
The air filters in your HVAC system are vital in maintaining indoor air quality and preventing repair bills. Be sure to check them monthly and change them as needed. If you have any questions about air filters or want help finding the right ones for your home, contact US Heating & Air Conditioning.