Regular Replacements Are Necessary For Cleaner Air
As seemingly flimsy pieces of paper, many people tend to dismiss air filters. However, no part of your HVAC system works harder to protect you and your system. Air filters not only keep your air clean but also improve the efficiency of your system.
While keeping dust and other allergens at bay, air filters also protect the most critical parts of your system from getting clogged. If you allow your filter to become filthy, not only are you allowing dangerous particles to recirculate in your home, you’re allowing them to settle on the delicate fins and coils of your HVAC system. You can avoid this by replacing your air filter regularly, but several factors affect how often you should make replacements.
How Are Air Filters Used?
Air filter materials are varied, but their primary purpose is always the same. Air filters prevent dirt, dust, pollen, and other debris from entering your HVAC system. Depending on your system and filter’s rating, your filter may even capture bacteria and viruses. Make sure to check your unit’s requirements when choosing new filters to ensure they are made of adequate material and have sufficient filtering capacity.
When Should Your Air Filter Be Replaced?
The air filter should be replaced at least once every six months, but most filters will need to be replaced much sooner. The regularity with which you should replace your air filter depends on several factors, including:
- How often do you use your HVAC system
- Whether or not you have pets
- The air quality in your neighborhood
- The size of your home
- Allergies in your home
If you have a fiberglass filter, then you may need to replace it as often as every month. On the other hand, air filters made from higher quality materials usually last longer.
Clean Filters Improve Efficiency
A dirty air filter forces your HVAC system to work much harder than it should to move air around. Dirty filters also tend to release some of the debris they have picked up if left in your system for longer than they should be. However, certain HEPA filters may also cause your HVAC system to work harder even while clean. This is because HEPA filters provide superior filtration at the cost of making it harder for air to move through them. When choosing a replacement air filter, make sure you select a level of filtration that is right for your home and budget.
Have Our Professionals Help you Pick and Replace Filters
The easiest way to replace your air filter will be to have a professional do it for you. Most HVAC companies will clean or replace your air filter as a regular part of their HVAC maintenance services. They will know what filter is best for your system and when its next cleaning or replacement should occur. Of course, you may not need a full maintenance service performed on your HVAC every single month. Still, an occasional check-in with a local HVAC company like Swan Plumbing, Heating, & Air of Denver will set you up for continued performance from your HVAC system.