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How Often Should I Change My Air Filters?

Do you know how often you should be changing the air filters inside of your home’s heating and cooling system? There are a few different factors that go into how often you need to change and replace these essential home filters. Below, we’ve laid out a few of the elements that play a role in how often you need to change your HVAC system’s air filter.

Factors that Affect Filters:

  • The Type of Air Filter You Have – There are a few different types of air filters on the market. Depending on the type of air filter that you have in your HVAC system, you may need to replace it more or less frequently. High-efficiency air filters are great at filtering out particles, but as a result, you’ll need to change them more because they become dirty faster.
  • If You Have Pets – We love our furry friends, but if you have dogs, cats or other pets in your home, it can impact your indoor air quality. As a result, your HVAC system needs to work harder to filter out pet hair, dandruff, and other particles.
  • The Number of People in Your Family – Naturally, if there are more people in your home, your HVAC system will have to work harder to get rid of any debris that may come inside.

As a general rule of thumb, you should replace your air filter once every three months, but you should check your air filter once a month to see if it needs to be cleaned or replaced. This is especially true during seasons when your HVAC system is working harder to keep your home a comfortable temperature (summer and winter).

Is it time to schedule an HVAC tune-up? Are you running into problems with your unit? Our professional technicians here at Pipe Wrench Plumbing, Heating & Cooling are here to help keep your system running smoothly year-round.

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