Keeping a clean air filter in your furnace or air conditioner is one of your most important tasks you have as a homeowner. Not only will a clean filter help improve your home’s air quality, but it will also keep your system running efficiently and reduce the risk of a system breakdown. So how often should you be changing the filter in your home? As you’ll see below, the right interval between your air filter changes depends on a few different factors.
How the type of filter you have affects your air filter change interval
Different types of air filters are designed to last for different amounts of time. Standard 1” throwaway filters, for example, typically only last 30 days. Filters with larger surface areas, however, can last anywhere from a few months to a year. If you have any questions about how long the type of filter you have is supposed to last, check with the manufacturer or contact Hyde’s!
How the usage of your HVAC system affects your air filter change interval
Your air conditioner and furnace push air through your filter every time they are operating. That means that the more you use your HVAC system, the quicker your filter will get dirty. Keep this in mind during the hottest and coldest months of the year, because you’ll probably need to change your air filter more frequently during those times.
Other factors that affect your air filter change interval
In addition to the factors we talked about above, a few other things that can affect how often you need to change your air filter include:
- The amount of pets you have in your home
- The amount of people who live in your home
- Whether or not your family members suffer from asthma or allergies
A good rule of thumb
As you can tell, things can get quite complicated when you’re trying to figure out how often you should change your air filter. However, a good rule of thumb is to check on your filter once per month no matter what kind of filter you have installed. If it’s dirty, you can replace it with a new one before it does any damage to your HVAC system. Examining your filter only takes a few minutes, and checking on it monthly will ensure that you won’t be surprised with a filter that gets dirty prematurely!
If you have any questions about the right air filter change interval for your filtration system, or if you’d like an HVAC system serviced or installed in your home, contact Hyde’s, your Coachella Valley heating and air conditioning company.