If you’re looking for ways to improve the energy efficiency of your home HVAC system, the best thing you can do is monitor, clean and change your air filters on a regular basis. Keeping your filters fresh and clean is not only crucial to system performance, but to the health of your family.
Unfortunately, due to the tight nature of today’s energy-efficient construction, the air inside of your home is likely to be up to 70 percent more polluted than the air you breathe outside. That means your family suffers year-round exposure to a host of irritating indoor allergens such as dust mites, pollen, pet dander, mold and smoke. Air filters are your family’s first line of defense.
By neglecting to clean and change your air filters on a regular basis, you run the risk of grime building up within your system. This not only compromises your system efficiency and increases your annual energy costs, but the extra strain on your system can lead to costly repairs or even irreparable system damage.
So how often should you inspect, clean and change your filters? While circumstances may vary, here are some general rules of thumb for the average home:
- Air filters should be inspected on a monthly basis, with special attention to the peak of the cooling and heating seasons.
- Cleaning can be performed as needed.
- Filters should be changed a minimum of once every three months.
Of course, if you have pets or if someone in your family suffers from allergies, you may want to consider a more aggressive approach. For example:
- Allergy suffers may consider monthly filter changes or even a filter upgrade.
- Frequent changes can be even more beneficial for pet owners due to the tendency of pet hair and dander to clog air filters.
Again, the frequency with which you should change your air filter depends on the unique circumstances of your household. If you’d like a more accurate assessment of your home filtration needs, our certified technicians are waiting to answer any questions you may have. For more information, contact Around the Clock Air Conditioning and Heating today.
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