How Often Should You Change Your AC Filter?

HVAC maintenance

AC filters are a crucial component of your AC system. They not only keep your air clean but also improve the efficiency of your system. Many people need to realize that filters also protect the inner workings of their air conditioners. Dirty filters can damage your system. Your filter needs to be replaced regularly for optimal functionality. However, several factors may affect how regularly replacements need to be made.

If you need your filter changed now, then don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re always standing by to lend you a helping hand!

What Are AC Air Filters?

AC filters are, well, air filters for your HVAC system made from things like fiberglass and polyester. However, their primary purpose is always the same. AC filters prevent dirt, dust, pollen, and other debris from entering your AC system. Depending on your filter’s filtration rating, it may even filter out bacteria and viruses from your HVAC air supply. Whenever selecting a new filter, check your unit’s requirements to ensure they are made of adequate material and have sufficient filtering capacity.

How Often Should HVAC Filters Be Replaced?

You should replace the air filter at least once every six months, but most people need to do so more regularly. How often you should replace your air filter depends on several factors, including:

  • Whether or not you have pets
  • The air quality in your neighborhood
  • The size of your home
  • Allergies in your home

For fiberglass filters, you may need to replace them as often as every month (as they’re usually lower quality than other types). HVAC filters made from higher-quality materials often last much longer.

Do AC Filters Affect Efficiency?

A dirty air filter forces your AC system to work harder. They also release some of the debris they pick up back into your home. However, dirty filters are only one of the things that can make your HVAC system work harder than it should. For example, certain HEPA filters can cause your HVAC system to work harder, even when brand-spanking new! In other words, they provide superior filtration but make it harder for your system to push air through them. Remember, whenever choosing a replacement air filter, select a level of filtration that is right for your home and budget.

Professional Maintenance Takes Care Of Your Filters

As in other areas of life, sometimes the easiest way to stay on top of your air filter replacements is having us do it for you. We always clean or replace your air filter when we come out for AC maintenance services. We know what filter is best for your system and when it’s due for its next cleaning or replacement. You may only need a partial maintenance service performed on your AC every single month. Still, an occasional check-in with a local air conditioning company like AAVCO Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning will set you up for continued performance from your air conditioning system.

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