As a homeowner, there are several things you can do to improve the performance of your AC system. With a more efficient and effective heating and cooling system, you’ll save energy and money. Plus, an AC system that is functioning on maximum performance will make your home much more comfortable.
Air Tech of Houston AC & Plumbing wants to make sure that your HVAC system is in ti- top shape. One of the best ways to maintain your AC health is to regularly change your dirty air filter. Read on to find out everything you need to know about your HVAC air filters.
When Is My Air Filter Ready To Be Changed?
Your HVAC system is designed to quickly filter the entire volume of air in your home. This means that all the dust, dirt and debris that is removed from the air collects on your filters every day. When your filters are clogged by too much debris, your system has trouble functioning with the blocked airflow. If you notice the following, your filters may be ready to change:
- Dust on the design cutouts of your doors
- HVAC equipment damage
- Low airflow
- Sudden energy bill increases
It is a good idea to at least check your air filters every month to make sure they aren’t too dirty to do their job.
How Often Should I Change My Air Filter?
One of the most popular questions homeowners ask, how often to change your filter is determined by the type of filter you have – as well as the qualities of your household. Cheap fiberglass filters may need to be changed every 30 days, but pleated filters can last up to six months.
In general, the most common time frame to use is every two to three months. This timeframe is based off of average AC usage and home environment factors. When you add in the specifics of your home the time may change.
For example, pets, children and respiratory-sensitive people require special consideration. If you have any of these three parties in your family, then you’ll want to take extra care to keep your filters clean.
What Affects Your Air Filter Health?
Some factors will affect the lifespan of your air filter. It’s important to know so that you can change your filters accordingly.
Since we live in a hot climate most of the year in Texas, our AC systems see quite a lot of use. This means that your air is also being filtered more as the AC runs. Keep this in mind since the more use your AC sees the quicker your air filters become dirty enough to change out.
Home and Appliance Size
Smaller homes may not push so much air through air filters, which could make them last longer before becoming dirty. However, keep in mind that a smaller AC might also have smaller-sized air filters. The smaller-sized filter could become dirty faster since it has less space.
The quality of the air that is being filtered in the first place affects how much dust and dirt is collected every day. If you live in an area that has high outdoor air pollution, your filter might fill up quickly trying to remove those contaminants.
Need Help With Your Air Filters?
The team at Air Tech Houston would be happy to help you out. For Houston HVAC air filter replacements and cleanings, we’re the best team for you. Count on us to get the job done right!