One of the best things you can do for your HVAC system to ensure it runs effectively is changing out your air filter on a regular basis. Changing out your air filters are also crucial for improving the indoor air quality in your home. However, since it’s such a small part of your HVAC system, so many homeowners often forget to change theirs or even check on it as much as they should. This can lead to several issues, including wasted energy, decreased lifespan, and poor indoor air quality.
Factors that Contribute or Reduce Air Filter Usage
It’s suggested to change out your air filter every three months but different situations, lifestyles, pets, among other factors contribute to have often you need to replace your air filter. These include:
- Pets – Dog or cat fur and dander float in the air you breathe in your home, and a large majority of this fur and dander will return to the vents and registers. Over time, it’ll get trapped in the air filter. If you have multiple pets or larger dogs, the air filter will need to changed out more frequently.
- The HVAC fan is running constantly – With an HVAC fan running constantly, more air is pulled in through the filter, trapping an increasing amount of allergens and pollutants.
- Your HVAC system runs consistently – If your HVAC system runs constantly, more air is flowing through the vents and through the air filter. This constant running will cause the air filter to get blocked with allergens and it will need to be replaced more often.
- Increased dust & indoor air quality issues – If you know your home has a problem with indoor air quality, the filter in your HVAC system will need to be replaced more often. If your home has carpets, decorative rugs, or has a lot of small rooms with doors that are being shut, this could also contribute to needing to replace your filter more frequently.
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