When Should You Change Your Air Filter?

Let’s face it; there are plenty of nasty germs, debris and allergens that get caught in the air filter of your heating and cooling unit. From pet dandruff to outside pollens and dirt from the soles of your shoes, all of the above get captured in the air filter lodged inside of your HVAC system. So, when was the last time you decided to give the air filter a change? Furthermore, did you know that changing out the air filter of your heating and cooling unit is one of the most important actions to take every few months?

How often should you change it?

The type of air filter required for your HVAC will determine how often it needs to be changed A rule of thumb is to change it out every two to three months. All of this depends on whether you have animals living inside of your home too. If you have pets, keep in mind the collection of debris on the air filter will be much higher than in a household that doesn’t have any pets. It also depends on the type of air filter used within your heating and cooling unit. If you use a less than satisfying air filter, you may be required to change it much sooner than a high-grade filter. Why? High-grade filters are meant to capture more debris for a longer period of time. However, there are guidelines to each filter you purchase and some general guidelines are not applicable to all air filters. Additionally, if you have a large family (a family of 4 people or more), and you’d like to keep the air as clean as possible, the air filter in your heating and cooling element is recommended to be changed at least once a month or at the very minimum, every two months.

If you have allergies…

If you have allergies, we highly recommend you change out your heating and cooling air filter much sooner than you otherwise would. For a typical 1- to 3-inch air filter, manufacturers recommend you change them out every two weeks. Again, keep in mind that some manufacturers recommendations are a bit different. If you have allergies, it’s important you take a look at the quality of air filter you’re purchasing at the store. You may even want to purchase an air filter that’s purpose is to provide you with OEM specifications. This will help to really catch all of the debris that causes your allergies to go haywire.

Want to learn more about air filters?

If you’d like to learn more about the type of air filter you and your family should be using in your home, feel free to contact the professionals at North Central Florida Heating and Air. Our heating and cooling professionals here in Gainesville want to give you the feedback you need to live a comfortable and healthy life. Contact us online today to get started.

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