A dirty air filter impedes airflow to your heater and air conditioner, which makes it work harder, and leads to a reduction in its lifespan. If you’re not sure how to replace your filter, or would instead a pro handle it, call our experts at Vetted HVAC Services.
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Why It’s Important to Change the HVAC Filter
Maintaining your HVAC efficiency is crucial to ensuring the unit runs as expected and lasts as long as possible. A well-maintained HVAC system keeps your energy costs low by running as efficiently as possible. One of the simplest steps you can take to keep your AC or heater in top order is to change the air filter regularly for the following reasons:
- Improves your home’s air quality.
- Reduces the chance of system failure.
- Increases system performance.
- Prevents dust and allergens from affecting your health.
How Often to Change Your HVAC Filter
Changing your HVAC’s air filter is inexpensive and straightforward, but it’s something that many people put off until it’s too late, and the unit breaks down. It’s a good practice to call a pro to service your HVAC unit once a year, but beyond that, you can maintain your system by changing the filter about every three months or so, depending on usage.
Check your filter and replace it if:
- Your unit runs year-round.
- You have a large family.
- You or someone else smokes in the house.
- You have furry pets.
- You live on a farm or ranch where dirt gets into the ventilation system.
- The filter is damp or dirty.
Changing the air filter is the easiest and most important thing you can do to ensure your HVAC system runs smoothly and provides you with years of faithful service.
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What’s the Best Filter?
Most HVAC and furnace filters are disposable and made from materials designed to trap as much debris as possible. There are a variety of filters to choose from in as many price ranges. If you have pets or dirty air, get the filter that removes the most particles as possible; they’re more expensive but worth the price. If you have relatively clean air, you’ll be OK with a less costly middle-quality filter.