In order to keep your HVAC system functioning properly, you need to change your filter. How often do you need home filter changes, though? Some say every month. Is that really necessary? It depends on a number of factors. Here’s what you need to know about your home filter changes.
Checking to See When You Need Home Filter Changes
If you have a cheap, low-quality filter, it may only last a month or two. However, your average pleated filter lasts about three months. A higher-end filter can last as long as six months. High-efficiency filters may last a year or more.
If you have pets, pet hair and dander are likely to clog the filters more quickly than if your home is pet-free. Likewise, if someone in your household smokes, you’ll need to change the filter more often.
If you have young children, seniors, or people with asthma, allergies, or other health problems in the house, it’s also a good idea to change the filter more frequently. This keeps the air cleaner, reducing viruses, bacteria, mold, and mildew and helps everybody stay healthier.
How do you know when your filter is ready to be changed? Check it every couple of months. If the filter is white and translucent, it’s still good. If it’s gray and opaque, then it’s clogged with dust and debris and needs to be replaced.
Why Home Filter Changes Are Necessary
What happens if you don’t change your air filter? First, your indoor air quality will go down, increasing the level of dust and contaminants in your home. Allergies and asthma will be exacerbated as well.
A clogged filter is also bad for your HVAC system. Your filter is there to keep harmful contaminants from entering your system and causing damage. Additionally, a clogged filter restricts airflow. This means it will take longer for the system to heat and cool your home. The unit runs longer, using more energy and wearing out more quickly. To avoid these issues, keep your air filter changed regularly.
For more help with your air filter, contact us at Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing. We serve all of Indianapolis’ home-comfort needs.