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Air Filter Benefits: What Happens When You Regularly Change Them?

Worried you don’t change your home’s air filter often enough? 29% of Americans never change their air filter.

There are a lot of great reasons to make changing your air filter regularly a priority.

Keep reading to learn more about air filter benefits!

What Does an Air Filter Do?

Air filters keep larger particles like dust and debris from entering your home’s ductwork.

There are a variety of styles, thicknesses, and materials for air filters. You can keep it basic or pay more for filters that filter out smaller particles like pollen, mold, and other allergens.

Health Benefits of Changing Your Air Filters

A good air filter will catch dirt and allergens before they get circulated through your home. You and your family will not be breathing these things in and it will help improve allergies, immune response, and everyone will breath easier.

This is particularly helpful in areas with higher pollen counts or air pollution. Regularly changing your air filters will keep your family healthier.

Preventative Maintenance

Regularly changing your air filters is good for the care and maintenance of your heating and HVAC systems.

Imagine all the dust and debris that gets caught in a filter. Now imagine your HVAC system trying to pull air through a full or clogged filter.

Even the best air filters will get to a point where they just can’t hold anymore. This will create a barrier that your HVAC and furnace will have to try to pull air through, making them work harder.

While it may feel tighter on the budget to regularly replace your air filters, think of it as preventative maintenance for your home’s heating and cooling systems.

Worried your system is already working too hard? Local HVAC companies offer a variety of services to help you maintain your system, check it out here.

Changing Your Air Filter Benefits Your Electric Bill

What’s going to happen to your energy bill if your HVAC or furnace is working overtime to pull air through a clogged filter?

You’re right! It’s going to increase your electric bill.

Changing your filter regularly keeps your HVAC system from working too hard, which reflects in your energy bill as well as maintenance costs.

How Often Should You Change Your Air Filters?

Check the manufacturer’s specifications for the air filter you choose, but the average recommendation is every 30-60 days.

A few factors will affect how quickly your filter will fill up:

  • Type of filter
  • Air quality/air pollution
  • Seasonal factors like pollen in spring
  • Home size and the number of occupants

If any of these apply to you, be sure to change your filter more often.

When should you replace your air filters? Minimally you should change them when the seasons change. If you are going to change more often, figure out a way to help yourself remember such as setting a reminder in your phone.

Change Your Air Filter Regularly

Your air filter benefits your home and your health. Change it regularly to help maintain the life of your HVAC and furnace and keep your energy bills under control. You won’t regret it!

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Zaraki Kenpachi