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Do I Need To Change My Home’s Air Filter?

June 09, 2020

One of the most important parts of any HVAC system is the air filter. The air filter acts as the first line of defense against common allergens, dust, and dander, providing your family with clean, fresh air. Without an air filter, these allergens will eventually reach the HVAC system, damaging both the ductwork and important HVAC components along the way.Because of these, and other reasons, it is important to change your home’s air filter on a routine basis. At Air Care Systems, we consider it a privilege to educate and empower our customers on proper HVAC care and maintenance.Here are some reasons to keep in mind why you need to change your home’s air filter:Change Your Air Filter RegularlyOut of sight, out of mind. Unfortunately, this is the attitude that many homeowners have towards their home’s air filter. However, this careless attitude can cause damage to your HVAC system as well as destroy the quality of the air inside your home.For this reason, it is wise to change your home air filter regularly. Many of our customers even find it helpful to add it to their calendars! The interval at which you should change your vent air filter will vary based on a few factors.If you live alone with no pets, for example, you may not need to change your filter quite as often. Homes that have multiple pets or individuals who suffer from allergies may need to replace their air filters once each month. Older homes that can naturally have a greater amount of dust will also need to have the air filter replaced on a more frequent basis.On average, the typical home benefits from a replacement air filter every 30-60 days. This timeframe allows you to get the most use out of each air filter while protecting your family and your HVAC system. The age and condition of your HVAC system may play a role in this timeframe as well. We strongly recommend checking your filter monthly to determine if replacement is needed.High-Quality Air Filters Provide Greater ProtectionMany homeowners use a basic fiberglass air filter. Although this is an inexpensive alternative, it often provides very little protection or filtration. We recommend using a high-quality air filter in your home’s HVAC system.Using a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate assistance) filter is an excellent way to enhance the air quality in your home while protecting your HVAC system. HEPA filters are relatively inexpensive and quite efficient. We would love to recommend a high-quality air filter that compliments your HVAC system!As with any system in your home, proper maintenance is key to success. The frequency at which you replace your air filter, as well as the filter you use, will vary from home to home. At Air Care Systems, we work with homeowners to optimize their HVAC systems through proper care and maintenance.By caring for your system, you can ensure that your HVAC system works efficiently and effectively for years to come. Call us today for more information regarding HVAC maintenance and repairs! We look forward to hearing from you.