Your air filter goes through a lot every single day. It’s essential to keeping you and your family breathing clean air. We all know we have to change our filters, but how often? Well that answer depends on a lot of different factors.
The Importance of a Clean Filter
A clean filter promotes better performance of your HVAC system and cleaner air quality. If you’re letting your filter accumulate pollutants for a long period of time, it contributes to dirty air circulating in your home and makes your unit work overtime. You even run the risk of damaging important and expensive parts, like your compressor, which can lead to costly repairs in the future!
There are a lot of factors to consider when deciding how often to change your filter. If you aren’t sure, here’s a helpful way to pick a time:
- Homes without pets → change filter every 90 days
- Homes with pets or children → change filter every 60 days
- Homes with pets, children, or those with breathing problems → change filter every 30 days
When in doubt, it’s best to err on the side of caution and change your filter. You can also write the date you last changed it on your new filter to never forget. You can even check your filter’s health by looking for signs such as dust or dirt accumulation, holes, tears, or if you notice a lot of dust in your home (more so than your typical amount.)
Factors to Consider
When determining how often to change your filter, you need to consider a couple of different things.
Type of Filter Your System Requires
Many filters will have recommendations from the manufacturer on how often you should change your filter. These should be used as the absolute latest time to change your filter. Other factors will determine if you need to switch it sooner, but the manufacturer’s recommendation can be used as a base for framing your filter schedule.
Quality of Air in Your Area
If you live in a heavily populated area, you will be exposed to more pollutants from traffic and other residential activities. Here in Gainesville, FL, we experience higher levels of traffic, but the biggest concern to your home’s air quality will stem from pollen. During times of pollination, you should change out your filter more frequently.
How Many People Live in Your Home
The more people that live in your home increases the frequency that you’ll need to change your filter out. Families with younger children should also consider changing more often because kids are more susceptible to breathing problems caused by a dirty filter.
How Often You Use Your System
If you are running your system constantly during the summer months, you’ll need to change out your filter more often than what your manufacturer recommends. Using your system heavily causes more pollutants to build up in your filter. A dirty filter restricts air flow, causing your HVAC unit to work way harder than it needs to. You’ll be paying more and overworking your unit, causing it to need to be replaced or repaired sooner.
If You Have Pets in Your Home
Your filter becomes dirtier faster if you have pets in your home. Pets tend to shed and contribute hair that your filter catches on a daily basis. If you have multiple pets, you’ll have to keep an eye on your filter more carefully because of their constant shedding.
If You or Your Family Has Health Problems
One of the most important factors when determining your filter changing routine is if you or one of your family members have health problems. You want the absolute best air quality for them, so it’s important that your filter is clean and not circulating potential allergens. If someone in your home has illnesses or asthma, it’s best to change out your filter once a month.
Indoor Air Quality with Crystal Air & Water
Changing your air filter is an easy way to take control over your home’s air quality. At Crystal Air, we are committed to ensuring that your home’s air is at its best to keep you and your family safe. We offer other services to maintain and improve air quality such as duct cleaning, humidity control, air cleaning, and carbon monoxide detection. Give us a call today to schedule a service!