How Often Should I Replace My Air Filters at Home?

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How often should I replace my air filters? This is a question that anyone with AC in their home should be asking themselves if they haven’t yet figure out an ideal schedule.

Regular replacements of your AC system filters has two benefits. First, it helps your AC run more efficiently with the free flow of air through the various components. Second, it helps keep the air everyone in your home breathes cleaner and safer.

The general rule of thumb is that you should replace your filter every 90 days. That’s just the broad average, however. If you use cheaper fiberglass filters, then you might want to change things out every month. Alternatively, if you choose to use high-caliber pleated filters, then you might be safe only changing things out twice a year.

The guidelines get more specific depending on the occupants of your home. If they include any of the following, then the corresponding timelines are what you should adhere to:

  • Allergies/Asthma: If you have anyone in your home suffering from either condition, then they are increasingly sensitive to various airborne particulates that other people might not even react to. Change your filter in six-week intervals, if not less, in order to maintain good air quality indoors.
  • Young Children: If you have young children in your home who are still physically developing, then replace your filters at least every two to three months.
  • Pets: Odor and shedding build up a lot with certain animals, so change the filter every two months, possibly even faster during seasonal changes.

Regular changes of your home’s air filters also help the health of your AC system. Clogged and dirty filters mean that the airflow is restricted, so your equipment has to run even harder than it should to keep pumping cold air into your home. This will not only run up your utility bill but also speed up the maintenance needs of your system. In the long run, you’ll shorten its effective life cycle, leading to repairs and replacements sooner rather than later.

If you’re not sure replacing your air filters has been doing enough for your system, or you think you might just need routine maintenance on your air conditioner, then contact [business name] to schedule a technician visit. Nothing beats an industry professional looking over your home’s AC and making sure everything is working right.

For more information or to make an appointment, please call CLF Services on 1300 257 561.