Frequently Asked Questions About Air Filters
One of the most essential pieces of the HVAC puzzle is your air filter. This vital detail plays a rather significant role when it comes to protecting your air quality and the central unit. However, before you run out to purchase a new one, or consider keeping your old one intact for two more months, here are some essential tips to keep in mind:
“How often should I change my air filter?”
Believe it or not, this depends on the type of filter you’re using. Most times, the manufacturer will place an estimate on the packaging to state approximately how long you can use it for and when it should be replaced.
For example, take a glance at some of the most popular, top-tier filters used in many homes throughout the country: many need to be swapped out about every two-to-three months.
While replacing your filter regularly might seem extreme, just think about how a new filter can help you breathe a little easier, and help your HVAC unit run much more efficiently.
“What if the packaging doesn’t say when I should change my air filter?”
If you happen to purchase an air filter that doesn’t state when it should be replaced, there are a few factors to consider. For starters, if you can’t recall the last time you swapped your filter out, it would be best to replace your current one that day.
Now, if you reside in a home where pet dander may be present (hello, fur babies!), you have a large family, or you’re having some construction/remodeling completed indoors, your filters should be replaced even sooner than 60 days.
“What signs indicate that I need to change my air filter?”
Thankfully, it’s rather simple to notice the signs that your air filter needs to be replaced! One of the best ways is to take your filter out and give it a glance. If you notice that it’s caked in grey, airborne particles, it’s time to swap it out.
Another sign is if, no matter how many times you clean your home, you still find significant accumulations of dust everywhere — almost as if you never laid a finger on your cleaning supplies. Typically, this happens because your filter is past its expiration date and can no longer trap any new, lingering airborne debris that comes in contact with it.
“Does the quality of my air filter matter?”
Yes, quality does matter when it comes to air filters. In fact, when you invest in a top-of-the-line air filter, you’ll reap a series of benefits, such as:
It can help extend the lifespan of your unit, helping it run much more efficiently and needing fewer repairs.
It will help keep your air ducts cleaner and lessen the chance that they’ll be caked in dirt and other airborne allergens.
Speaking of airborne allergens, since a top-tier air filter will help trap even more contaminants, it can help improve your indoor air quality significantly (helping you and your family breathe much easier).