One of the largest parts of good HVAC maintenance is swapping out 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 shown that the air inside your home can be 2-5 times more polluted than the air in highly commercial cities. We spend a lot of our times indoors, so your air filter is on the front line for improving indoor air quality. So what else do we need to know when it comes to air filters?
The simple way to tell you out how often to swap your filter would be, whenever it’s dirty. Of course, we don’t want you to have to take a look at your filter’s cleanliness every day, so a common rule is every 1-2 months for the best results.
The frequency you have to exchange your filter is determined by a number of factors. If you have pets in your house or a lot of guests and occupants, you’ll need to replace your filter more frequently. Follow your filter provider’s recommendation on how often to replace your filter as the recommendation depends on a host of factors in your home.
A filthy filter may also cause your system to run harder, longer. This will cause your monthly bills to go up and it can adversely impact the life of your system. Built up dirt and system neglect are two of the top causes of system failure. This system damage is entirely avoidable with regular maintenance, including regularly changing your air filters.
Regularly swapping out your air filter is an easy thing to do and also an easy thing to ignore. If it’s been a while since you’ve taken a look at 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 experts at Heartland Heating & Cooling a call at 515-344-3579.