As a homeowner, you know the importance of maintaining your home. You mow the lawn, you clear out the rain gutters periodically, you clean the chimney, you get your plumbing drains cleaned, you get your carpets professionally cleaned once or twice a year, and you hire pros to come out and give your windows a good cleaning so they sparkle. So, what about your heating and cooling system? Occasionally, it’s going to need some attention too!
When it comes to your HVAC system, you will need to change the furnace filters from time to time. How often should they be changed? It depends on several factors; some need to be changed monthly, whereas others need to be changed every six months. Let’s take a look at the various factors that determine when it’s time to change a filter.
Ask Yourself These Questions
One of the main factors that come into play is the quality of filter that you buy. Unlike some products, not all filters are created equal. Filters are made with different materials, their thickness varies, and there are other differences as well, such as panel vs. pleated.
If you buy a cheap filter because you want to save a few bucks, just be aware that you’ll have to replace it sooner than if you bought a quality air filter. So, in the long-run, you probably don’t save money. Buying a cheap filter is like buying a cheap flashlight, or cheap sneakers, it will soon fall apart and you’ll have to replace sooner than you’d like.
When you buy an air filter, read the fine print. The packaging should say how often it needs to be replaced; for example, it might say it will last a month or that it can last up to six months. Or, if it looks dirty, it’s time to change it!
Questions for you:
- Does anyone in your household have allergies? If so, you’ll need to replace it more often because dirty filters don’t trap the allergens.
- Do you have cats and dogs in your home? Since most cats and dogs shed, their hair can hinder how your HVAC system performs. If you have multiple dogs and cats, you definitely want to check the filters more frequently.
- Do you like to save money? If your filters aren’t that important to you, but you love saving money, that’s a reason in itself to change them when they’re clearly dirty. When you replace dirty air filters, your air conditioner can consume up to 10 percent less energy.
For a healthier home that is energy-efficient, don’t forget to change your air filters! If you’d rather hire a pro to do it, our Cleveland heating and cooling specialists can install quality air filters, including those that are hard to reach. Contact us today to schedule a service call!