Everything You Need to Know About Air Filters

October 05, 2016

One of the biggest parts of correct HVAC maintenance is replacing your air filters. Your air filter keeps your system working efficiently and is also a huge part of increasing and maintaining your indoor air quality. The EPA has released that the air inside your home can be 2-5 times more polluted than the air in highly industrialized cities. We spend the majority of our times inside, so your air filter is on the front line for improving indoor air quality. So what else do we need to understand when it comes to air filters?

Filter Replacement

The most basic way to tell you out how often to change your filter would be, whenever it’s dirty. Of course, we don’t want you to have to inspect your filter’s cleanliness every day, so a good rule of thumb is every 1-2 months for the highest results.

The frequency you have to replace your filter is determined by a host of factors. If you have pets in your house or a lot of guests and occupants, you’ll need to replace your filter more regularly. Follow your filter provider’s suggestion on how often to change your filter as the advice depends on a variety of factors in your home.

A filthy filter will also mean your system has to run harder, longer. This will cause your utility bills to rise and it can adversely impact the life of your system. Built up dirt and system neglect are two of the leading causes of system failure. This system damage is completely avoidable with annual maintenance, including regularly changing your air filters.

Regularly swapping out your air filter is a simple thing to do and also an easy thing to overlook. If it’s been a while since you’ve checked the status of your filter, consider this post your cue. We are always here to help you breathe healthier and easier. If you have any questions about boosting your indoor air quality give the pros at Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC a call at 715-318-6728.