How Often to Change Your Air Filter Based on Your Family’s Needs
At Air Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., we understand that every family is unique and that what qualifies as comfortable for one family may be anything but for another. This is especially relevant when changing your home’s air filter.
Because every household’s air pollution levels are different, and every person in that household has different needs, when doing away with your filter in favor of a new one can be subjective.
We are here to set the record straight: A personal consultation is the only way to tell if your air filter is cleaned correctly and changed when necessary.
Below are a few guidelines for how often you should swap it.
Critical Home Maintenance: Changing Your Home’s Air Filters
Several factors must be considered for the frequency of changing your home’s air filters. While changing air filters will always be critical to your home’s routine maintenance, certain living environments require more changes than a standard air filter schedule.
Additionally, some homes have permanent air filters that only need to be cleaned, and other homes have specialty systems and filters.
Families With Pets
Cats, dogs, and other furry friends shed, which leaves dander and brings in bacteria. Unfortunately, this can result in your filter working overtime to keep up with them.
Homes with heavy shedders or large dogs must change their filters more frequently. As a general rule, the more pets you have, the more frequently you’ll need to change your filter.
At Air Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., we recommend checking your home’s air filter once a month if you have pets.
Always be sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations on the packaging!
Families That Use Non-Standard Air Filters
What’s the standard for an air filter nowadays? Different air filters must be changed at different times, even with other factors being consistent.
HEPA filters, for example, need replacement every 12 months, while permanent filters only need replacement once worn out, as you clean them every three months.
The packaging or online purchase page should tell you how frequently the filter must be replaced under typical conditions. Then, use the manufacturer’s instructions to determine your schedule unless something changes.
At that point, you can consult an air filter professional to learn more.
Families With Respiratory Concerns
Whether it’s asthma or allergies, you’ll want to update your filter more frequently if you have a loved one with respiratory concerns. Instructions on changing air filters can vary, with a standard recommendation being two months, depending on the severity of the problem and what type of filter you have.
At Air Comfort, we often recommend keeping an eye on your family’s health. The state of an asthma sufferer’s health often serves as a barometer that will let you know when it’s time for a change.
How Winter Weather Affects Your Home’s Air Filters
You’ve seen that critical factors affect your home’s air filters. But did you know that weather can affect your home’s indoor air quality?
During the cold months in Minnesota, air quality can worsen because we stay inside more often. This may increase the dampness and humidity, leading to a higher presence of mold, bacteria, and mildew.
When you and your family stay inside more often, you are more inclined to pass illnesses, such as the flu or COVID-19, around one another. Therefore, you may consider changing your air filter more often in the winter to keep your family’s air safe.
What If You Don’t Change Air Filters Frequently?
Unfortunately, neglecting your home’s air filters has several adverse effects. Whether you have no pets, allergies, or all of the above, you must change your home’s filters routinely to maintain a clean and dust-free home.
If you neglect your home’s filters, you may endure the following!
High Energy Bills
Clogged filters lead to HVAC systems that have to work overtime; HVAC systems that work overtime lead to higher energy bills.
As noted above, changing your home’s filters removes the dust and allergens that aggravate the symptoms of asthma, allergies, and other respiratory conditions.
Clogged filters make your system work harder and less efficiently. This could result in a reduced lifespan for your home’s heating and cooling systems.
Failing to change your home’s air filters as necessary can lead to expensive and stressful adverse effects. Fortunately, calling an HVAC professional means easy air filter changes and a cleaner home.
Top-Notch Air Purification Systems and More
Air conditioning services and heating services are what we do best. And don’t forget our wide berth of knowledge on residential indoor air quality, too!
So for all of your home comfort needs, call the Air Comfort Anoka office today at 763-753-6623.