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How Often Should I Replace My HVAC Filter?

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Why You Need to Change Your HVAC Air Filter

Have you ever thought about how important it is to keep the air in your home clean? Your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system works hard every day to make sure your home is comfortable. One key part of this system is the HVAC air filter. This filter catches dust, pollen, and other small particles from the air inside your system before it enters your home. It’s a guardian for the indoor air preventing you from breathing things that would be unhealthy for you.

But here’s something Doornbos Heating & Air Conditioning wants you to know: you need to change your HVAC filter regularly to keep the air in your home healthy and your system running well.

When to Replace Your Air Filter

The simple answer to how often you should be replacing your air filter is: it depends. Different homes will need to change their filters at different times. Here are a few things that can affect how often you should change your filter:

  • The type of filter you use: Some filters can last longer than others. Standard disposable filters might need to be changed more often, while more expensive higher filtration rated ones that catch more particles can last a bit longer.
  • How much you use your HVAC system: If you use your heating or air conditioning often and run your fan to circulate the air in your home, you’ll need to change your filter more often.
  • If you have pets: Pets like dogs and cats shed fur and dander. If you have pets, you might find you need to change your filter more often to keep the air clean.
  • Allergies: If someone in your home has allergies, you might need to change the filter more frequently to remove allergens from the air.

As a general rule, it’s a good idea to check your HVAC air filter every month. If the filter looks dirty or clogged, it’s time to change it. Most families find they need to change their filters every 90 days. If you have pets, or if someone in your home has allergies, you might need to change it every 60 days and in some cases every 30 days.

To learn more about your home filtration, turn to the experts at Doornbos for a comprehensive HVAC maintenance plan. Contact Doornbos today to learn more!

How to Change Your HVAC Air Filter

Changing your HVAC air filter is a simple task that you can do yourself, and it doesn’t take much time. Here’s how you can do it:

1.Turn off your HVAC system: This is important for safety.

2. Find the filter: Usually, the filter is located in the air return vent or near the HVAC system itself.

3. Remove the old filter: Slide it out carefully. Notice the direction the air flow arrow is pointing on the old filter.

4. Put in the new filter: Slide the new filter in the same way the old one was facing. Make sure the air flow arrow points in the right direction—towards the HVAC system.

5. Turn the system back on: Now your HVAC system is ready to go with a fresh filter!

If you have an air purifier or electronic air cleaner, replacing your air filter may require more steps and should be left to the professionals like a Doornbos Technician.

Benefits of Regularly Replacing Air Filters

Changing your HVAC air filter has a lot of benefits:

Better air quality: This means cleaner air for you and your family to breathe.

Less stress on your HVAC system: When air flows easily through a clean filter, your system doesn’t have to work as hard. This can make it last longer and work better.

Saves money: A well-running system uses less energy, which can lower your bills.

So, remember to check your filter every month and change it regularly based on how you use your HVAC system, whether you have pets, and if anyone in your home has allergies. Keep your air and your system in top shape by keeping up with this simple but important task. As an added measure, ask your Doornbos Heating & Air Conditioning professional about their selection of indoor air quality products to keep your indoor environment pure, healthy, and safe.

Schedule spring HVAC maintenance today Doornbos. We’ll replace your HVAC air filter and more!