How Often Should I Replace My Air Filter?

Home Air Filter ReplacementWhen you’re living in Florida, you need to be prepared for the summer months. You have to get rid of all the heavy draperies from your windows, all the rugs from the floors and open up your doors and windows to get rid of the damp and heavy winter air. Summer is here – it is time to enjoy the sun.

In addition to a bit of cleaning to rid your home of any dampness that has settled in over the winter, you will also want to have your HVAC system serviced. It would have worked continuously over the winter months to keep your family warm. Part of such cleaning should also include changing or replacing your air filter.

Though most people are aware that a clean air filter is essential for clean air, and also for that clean air to circulate freely around their homes, they aren’t sure how frequently they have to change or replace the air filter in their a/c vents. Normally you can check the guide for taking care of your home air conditioning system, which will carry the manufacturer’s recommendations. Generally the suggested frequency is once every three months for air filter replacement. This is the most important thing you can do as a homeowner to enhance the air quality in your home and also to extend the life of your HVAC system, after hiring an air conditioning service company for regular maintenance.

Whenever you feel that you’re not getting enough cool air you can check your air filter for blockages. Other factors for deciding the frequency for the changing of or replacement of your air filter are the type of air filter your HVAC unitis using is your surrounding areas. If there’s construction going on around your home, for instance, there’s going to be more dust and dirt in your HVAC system; if you have pets, you’re going to have lot of pet dander, and finally the season – at certain times of the year, pollen is airborne and can enter your home and stir up allergies in children and adults.

To sum up: if you have a couple of pets, step up the frequency of your air filter replacement to around 60 days, instead of the standard 90 days. If you are prone to allergies, and have pets, it is advisable to replace your air filter every 30-45 days. You can even sign up with certain websites for such advisories, and they send you a reminder when it’s time to change your air filter. Your HVAC system service and maintenance contractor can also send you a reminder or even change it for you if it’s part of your service and maintenance package.

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Posted July 23rd, 2013 under Air Filter, Tips | Comments Off