Everything You Need to Know About Air Filters

October 05, 2016

One of the most important parts of good HVAC maintenance is changing your air filters. Your air filter keeps your system operating efficiently and is also an important part of increasing and maintaining your indoor air quality. The EPA has noted that the air inside your home can be 2-5 times more polluted than the air in highly developed cities. We spend a lot of our times indoors, 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?

Filter Replacement

The easy 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 general rule is every 1-2 months for the highest 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 swap out your filter more regularly. Follow your filter provider’s suggestion on how often to change your filter as the suggestion depends on a number of factors in your home.

A filthy filter may also result in your system running harder, longer. This will cause your energy bills to go up and it can unfavorably impact the life of your system. Built up grime and system neglect are two of the top causes of system failure. This system damage is totally avoidable with regular maintenance, including regularly replacing your air filters.

Regularly swapping out your air filter is a simple thing to do and also an easy thing to forget about. 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 increasing your indoor air quality give the pros at Appalachian Heating a call at 304-707-0600.