Replacing the filter in your heater or air conditioner isn’t complicated, but it can be challenging to remember. When was the last time you changed your air filter? Last month? Last year? While it may not seem like that big of a deal, neglecting your air filter can pose risks to your own health and the health of your HVAC system.
At Blue River Plumbing & Heating, we understand how important filter replacement can be, and we’re here to help. Using the highest quality components, you can easily schedule ongoing filter replacements with our pros. Take the guesswork and stress out of remembering your filter, and enjoy cleaner air in no time!
A dirty filter can lead to AC repair issues in your home. Be sure to schedule an air conditioning tune-up before it’s too late!
How Often Should You Replace Your HVAC Air Filter?
The air filter is an essential component of your HVAC system. The frequency at which you need to change the filter depends upon several factors. Cheaper filters usually only last 30 days, but high-end pleated filters can last six months with average use. If you’re not sure how often to change your filter, start with 90 days and alter the frequency based on your responses to the following questions:
- Do you have pets? If you have pets, you’ll need to change your filter more frequently. The air in your home transports fur and dander, which quickly clogs up your air filter. A good rule of thumb is to change your filter every 60 days if you have one pet and every 30 days if you have multiple pets. You may have to change your filter more often in the spring as your pets shed their winter coats and less frequently in the fall and winter.
- Do people in your home have asthma or allergies? Indoor air quality has a significant impact on people’s lung health. Changing your air filter more often can help combat allergies and asthma. For many people, changing the filter every 30 – 45 days is helpful. If your allergies suddenly worsen, try changing your filter more often to see if they improve.
- How many people live in your home? If you live alone or with one other person, you won’t have to change your air filter as often as a family of six. An average home with no pets and a family of four may be able to wait 90 days between filter changes. For vacation homes or homes with one person and no pets, you may only need to change your filter once every 6 – 12 months.
If you’re in doubt, check your filter every 30 days. If there’s a bit of dust, but you can still see a lot of the filter, put it back in and check the following month. If it’s turned grey with dust, it’s time to change it.
Signs That Your Filter Needs to Be Changed ASAP
If your filter is covered in a thick layer of dust and dirt every time you change it, you may not be replacing it often enough. Musty odors coming from the filter are also a sign that you need to change it more frequently. Also, be on the lookout for higher than usual energy costs. If your filter is clogged, it’s forcing your AC to work harder, leading to those utility spikes.
Filters are relatively inexpensive, and they help keep you and your family healthy. They also help your HVAC system run more efficiently, which can lower your energy consumption. If you’re not sure if it’s time to change it or not, it’s best to err on the side of too often.
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Making Filter Maintenance Easy
Are you tired of standing in the air filter aisle trying to remember which filter fits your HVAC system? At Blue River Plumbing & Heating, we offer air conditioner and heater filter replacement services so you never have to worry about your air filter again. Our expert staff will work with you to determine the best replacement schedule based on your AC unit and family needs. We take the guesswork out of air conditioning maintenance, so you can enjoy cleaner air and more comfortable home.