When to change your air filter?
How often should you change your air filter? Air filters work around-the-clock to keep pollutants out, so you can stay cool. One of the most important things you can do to keep your AC system running fluently and efficiently is to change your filter regularly. But, just how often do you really need to change it? The short answer is, “It depends.”
Here are a few considerations to help you in determining a proper schedule.
When to change your air filter: Do you have pets in your home?
Our pets are family, there’s no doubt about it. However, pets can bring in excess dander, hair, and dirt which builds up on your filter. If you have a pet that sheds a significant amount of fur or tends to track excessive dirt inside, consider replacing, or swapping out replaceable filters, every 30 days.
What kind of air filter do you have?
There are a variety of air filters from which to choose. Air filters differ in size and efficiency. Some filters are reusable, designed to last for months at a time. Others need to be replaced more often. MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) is the standard method for comparing the efficiency of an air filter. The higher the rating, the more successful it is at catching particles.
Do you or any of your family members suffer from allergies? if so, it is best to change your filter at least once a month. High Energy Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are designed to block very small particles, to help your air stay cleaner. If you’re unsure which air filter is the right choice for your home, call our office for assistance, 239-693-9005.
When to change your air filter: How often do you use your AC system?
As a SW Florida snowbird, you may only reside in your home for the winter months. South Floridians love the winter when you can open windows and enjoy the cool tropical breeze. If this is the case, you may not operate your AC as often, meaning you can get away with replacing or changing your filter about every 3 months. For those of us here year-round, we need to be extra diligent about replacing our air filters regularly. We recommend once a month during the summer.
How is the quality of the air in your home?
Do you have smokers in your family? Or, perhaps you enjoy the ambience of burning scented candles? If so, you will want to change your filter more often. Without proper filtration, oil-based candles can cause a significant problem throughout your home as a result of the soot they emit. Be diligent with your filter changes when using these types of products.
In conclusion, changing your air filter is one of the easiest ways to preserve your air conditioning system and avoid challenges down the road. In addition, be sure to maintain your AC equipment on a regular basis, to keep it running proficiently for years to come.
Sunset Air and Home Services has been in business for over 20 years, serving SW Floridians just like you with expert AC service and maintenance. Our goal is to educate you and help keep your AC equipment operating smoothly and efficiently. Call us for more information, 239-693-9005.