One of the biggest parts of good HVAC maintenance is swapping out your air filters. Your air filter keeps your system running 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 understand when it comes to air filters?
The easy way to tell you out how often to exchange 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 general rule is every 1-2 months for the best results.
The frequency you have to exchange your filter is settled by a host of factors. If you have pets in your house or a lot of guests and occupants, you’ll need to swap out your filter more frequently. Follow your filter provider’s advice on how often to swap out your filter as the recommendation depends on a number of factors in your home.
A dirty filter may also mean your system has to run harder, longer. This will cause your energy 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 routine maintenance, including regularly replacing your air filters.
Regularly replacing your air filter is an easy thing to do and also an easy thing to forget about. If it’s been a while since you’ve inspected 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 pros at US Air Heating and Cooling a call at 803-220-0761.