Everything You Need to Know About Air Filters

October 05, 2016

One of the most important parts of good HVAC maintenance is swapping out your air filters. Your air filter keeps your system working efficiently and is also a big part of improving 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 industrialized cities. We spend quite a bit of our times in our homes, so your air filter is on the front line for increasing indoor air quality. So what else do we need to know when it comes to air filters?

Filter Replacement

The easy 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 greatest results.

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

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

Regularly replacing 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 prompt. We are always here to help you breathe healthier and easier. If you have any questions about improving your indoor air quality give the team at Farnell Mechanical, Inc. a call at 334-245-4748.