How Often Should You Change Your Filter In Your Heating and Air Conditioning System?

Indoor Air Quality and your HVAC Filter

Your heating & air system is like the respiratory system of your home. It’s what circulates comfortable air into the space where you live. Many people do not realize that the same air is cycled throughout the system over and over. It is essential that your air filters are doing their job and are replaced on a regular basis. This is what keeps you and your family healthy and happy, filtering out spores, bacteria, and viruses while maintaining the temperature reasonable.

 

How often should you change your filters?

Curious as to how often you should change your filters? Here are some things to consider. Who lives with you? Who lives with you in your home makes a big difference in how often you should get your filters changed. Each household is unique, so it is important to remember that your neighbor’s filter change schedule will most likely be different from yours. Typically, if you are a single-person home or for a vacation home that is hardly occupied you might be able to change filter once every 2-3 months. However, if you live with a house of four people, you should be changing your filters once a month or so. If you have pets, your best bet is to change the filters once a month. Choosing higher efficiency filters can help if you have allergy-sensitive people in your home or many people and pets. This will keep your air fresh, clean, and your heating and air system working properly.

 

Filter replacement schedule

Have you been keeping track of your replacement schedule? When you have a million other things on your to-do list, changing the heating and air filter might be the last thing on your mind. But taking a second to record the next time your filters should be changed in your phones calendar will help to remind you to complete the task. This only takes a moment and will help keep your system well-maintained – fending off many long-term repairs.

Has your system not been working as well? Before you panic at your air conditioning system not working correctly, check your air filter replacement schedule. If it’s close to replacement time, it probably means that your air filters need replacement. Due to different environmental and personal factors, sometimes the filters picks up more dander and allergens. Replace your filters and monitor the efficiency of your system – if it seems to get better, great. If not, contact us and we will perform a full system diagnostic.

 

High Efficiency HEPA Filtration System

You can also install a high efficiency HEPA rated filtration system that will clean up your indoor air, protect your heating and air conditioning system and only require changing once per year. These large media filters install in your ductwork return system and are recommended for anyone with allergies or chronic breathing issues.

If you would like more information on a new HEPA filtration system or to schedule your full service system cleaning and tune up call us to schedule your appointment now.