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Changing your air filters is the best way you can maintain your HVAC system on your own. It will keep your system running smoothly and effectively, maintain optimal air quality in your home, and it could also reduce your energy bill by up to 15%.

How often should you change your air filters?

How often you change your filters varies depending on different factors. If you live in a big house in a polluted city, if you have medical conditions and allergies, or if you have pets; you would need to change your filters more often. It also depends on the type of filter you have.

For an average pleated filter, we recommend that they be replaced every 3-6 months. If there are any pets, younger children, or people with asthma or allergies living in the household, you should change your filters every 2-3 months.

On the other hand, if you go for lower cost options and get fiberglass filters, we recommend getting these replaced every 30 days.

Why do I need to replace my filters?

Over time, your air filter will pick up significant amounts of dust and will eventually clog the filter and make it dirty. Dirty, clogged air filters:

  • Can cause HVAC malfunctions
  • Reduce airflow and make your system use more energy
  • Can cause contaminants to enter the air and create an unhealthy environment
  • Can clog air ducts
  • Can wear out the fans in the HVAC system

Replacing your filters will prevent these issues from happening and will help you save money and keep your HVAC system in a healthy condition.

Where do I buy filters and which ones do I buy?

You can find air filters online, at your local supermarket, or at a home-improvement store like Home Depot. The best way to decide what size of air filter to buy is by checking your old filter’s size description, usually found on the border of the filter. If there is not an old filter, you can measure the air vent’s dimensions or consult with us here at First Choice Heating & Air.

To sum it all up for you, changing your air filters will make your life easier and will save you money by providing adequate airflow and by reducing the amount of maintenance to be done on your HVAC system as it ages. Having clean air filters will also allow a healthy environment for your home by keeping harmful contaminants out of your HVAC system. Overall, changing your air filters is one of the best ways you can keep your HVAC system running smoothly.