How Often Should I Change My AC Unit's Air Filter?
Posted by Gold Medal Service
One of the most basic ways to maintain your home’s heating and air conditioning system is to periodically check and replace your air filter. Your HVAC system’s air filter works to prevent dirt, dust, allergens, and other potentially harmful particles from cycling through your home’s air, ensuring your home’s air quality stays clean and breathable. But how often should you replace your filter? The answer depends on a wide variety of factors.
While it is best to adhere to your unit’s manufacturer recommendations, the following guidelines can help you get an idea of how frequently you should change your filter:
- If you have multiple people and pets in your home, replace your filter every 30 to 45 days.
- If you have multiple people and only one pet in your home, change the filter every 60 days.
- If you do not have any pets but have several people in your home, change your filter every 90 days.
- If you are single and do not have any pets or allergies, change your filter every 6 to 12 months.
What Happens If I Don’t Change the Filter?
Unfortunately, the hustle and bustle of everyday life can cause AC maintenance to fall by the wayside. Neglecting to change your filter can lead to several serious HVAC-related problems, including:
- Dirty air ducts: If your filter is dirty, your ducts and the rest of your HVAC system are sure to be dirty, too. This will directly cause your indoor air quality to decline, as allergens and dust will be allowed to circulate through your home.
- Physical symptoms: Breathing in unclean air filled with allergens can lead to a myriad of physical effects such as headaches, difficulty breathing, fatigue, and other symptoms reminiscent of a cold.
- Reduced efficiency: A clogged filter can hinder internal airflow and cause your unit to work overtime, reducing its overall lifespan and increasing the amount of energy needed to cool or heat your home.
- Increased energy costs: Poor airflow and cooling inefficiency caused by a clogged filter will require your unit to work much harder to cool or heat your home, causing your monthly energy costs to skyrocket. Changing your filter is a simple yet effective way to reduce your carbon footprint and keep your heating and cooling costs down.
For more information about changing your air filter or ways in which you can keep your HVAC system in tip-top shape, contact Gold Medal Service today. With more than 30 years of trusted experience, our Las Vegas heating and cooling specialists can diagnose and repair any HVAC issue with ease.
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