The Air Conditioning Filter for your Home

air conditioning filter

 

Knowing when to change the filter for your air conditioner in your home is important. Several factors determine when your filters need to be changed. The main thing to remember is if it looks dirty, change it immediately. You shouldn’t wait until the filter is completely filthy though, because that means your cooling system is not running at its full potential.

Type of Filter

One of the primary influences of how often you need to change the filter in your home is what type of filter you buy.  Filters vary from each other in several ways. This is based on what materials they’re made with, if they are pleated or panel, the thickness, and other variations. When you purchase a filter, it should have a recommended time when it’ll need to be replaced. Some need to be changed monthly, while others can last up to six months. If you are not sure how often to change it, contact us, and we can advise you on the correct schedule.

Those in your Home

Another main factor in how often you should change the filter is based on who is living in the home. If you have anyone who suffers from allergies, you should be changing the filters more often than recommended. This will help remove more of the allergens from the air in your home. If the filter is full and dirty, it won’t be able to trap them.

Do you have Pets?

Another occupant to consider when deciding how soon filters need to be changed is any pets that you have in your home. The majority of cats and dogs shed, and their hair gets everywhere. That includes your filters, which will alter the performance of your cooling system. So if you have a pet or multiple pets in your home, you’ll most likely need to change the filter more often. The best way to know how often is to check it. Also, depending on the seasons, you may need to change the filter at different intervals. Animals shed more in hotter months, so keep that in mind when it comes to checking your filters.

Replacing a dirty filter with a clean one can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5 to 10 percent. Not only will it save you money on your energy bills, but it also can save you money on your cooling system. A dirty filter will restrict your air flow, causing your system to work harder. This will cause wear and can create issues that possibly require repairs. Also continuous wear on your system will lower the lifespan of your system.