When it comes to changing your central heating and air conditioner’s filter you may be wondering how often should I change my air filter?
There is no clear answer how often when it comes to changing your central heating and air Conditioner’s filter, however if none of the below factor in, we suggest checking your filters at least once a month.
If you are using the basic 1-3” filter, then manufactures suggests changing your central heating and air conditioner’s filter every 30-60 days.
Do you or someone in your home have allergies?
If you or someone in your home has allergies then you might consider changing them more frequently, around three weeks.
Do you have pets in your home?
Considering you have no allergies, if you have pets in your home you might want to change your filter more often or get a filter that helps with dander. Approximately 60 days.
How many people are living in your home?
The more people living in your home means more dirt and dust are flying around and you should probably change them closer to every 20-45 days.
What is the overall Indoor Air Quality in the Home?
If the air doesn’t seem as “fresh” as normal or you are having more frequent issues with colds or allergies than it is likely you need to check your filters.
What is the air quality like outdoors?
If there is a lot of construction in your area or pollution in the air, then you should check your filters more frequently.
Do you like saving money?
The dirtier the filter, the chances are that your system isn’t working as efficiently as it could be, therefore you are wasting precious dollars. The United States Department of Energy states that replacing your dirty filter with a clean one can lower your energy consumption by at least 5 to 10 percent.
What kind of filter should I choose?
Now keep in mind there are several filters to choose from.
Fiberglass filters are the basic filters for your air conditioner. These are the least expensive and least effective for filtering particles.
Pleated filters cost a little more than the fiberglass filter. They have a wire backing and are able to catch more particles.
Electrostatic filters clean the air by using static electricity. These filters do a great job of catching dust.
High Efficiency Particulate Air filters are a type of mechanical air filter. They use a fine mesh that trap particles such as pollen, dust mites, pet dander and tobacco smoke.
The key to keep your system running efficiently is to check or clean your filters regularly.
If you prefer, we at Perfect Star Heating and Air Conditioning have service plans that cover changing your central heating and air conditioner’s filter. Just contact one of our Customer Service Representatives at 925-550-0505 or Click HERE to schedule an appointment.
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