How Often Should You Change Your Air Filter?
Every homeowner may already know that their HVAC air filter replacement is important because it encourages peak operation, improves air quality, and reduces environmental health risks. However, you might not know how often it should be replaced to gain maximum performance. Since every case differs based on various factors, the answer varies. But to ensure you’re following the recommended frequency and procedures for your system, you can depend on Reliant Air Conditioning for our expert advice.
Timing may be based on the following:
- The type of filter. The higher the MERV (Minimum Efficiency Rating Value), the more efficient the filter will be. For instance, a filter with a rating of 11 catches more airborne particles than one with a rating of five. Since the rating loses effectiveness over time, filters still must be replaced on time. Early replacement could alternately mean unnecessary cost.
- The air quality condition. The rule of thumb for air filter replacement is once per month. Poor air quality or change in the airflow within that time frame may indicate a dirty filter. If it is not cleaned soon, it could lead to replacement.
- What’s in circulation. Air conditioner maintenance improves air quality, but the filter collects particulate matters continuously. Therefore, what goes on in your home has special significance and can help determine the timing. Pet hair, pesticides, industrial particles, carpet fibers, and even skin and hair contribute to indoor air pollution. These conditions may dictate changing the air filter more often.
If your home’s filter is not changed on time, despite regular air conditioner maintenance, you can expect deterioration in air flow. Although there is no set time for changing a filter, to be safe, you should change the filter as often as you think necessary.
If you need more help determining when your air conditioner’s filter needs to be changed, call your local air conditioning company in Irving at 817-345-7777 or 214-556-6220.