Home Energy Saving Idea: How Often Should You Change Your HVAC Air Filter and Why?

Home air filters are something we all take for granted. Once they have been installed, we don’t think about them. They’re not seen and not heard. 

However, if you forget to change your HVAC filter, it could cause damage to your home heating and air conditioning unit. So, there are some points to keep in mind when it comes to your home air filter.

  1. It saves energy. The air filter allows the HVAC to be more efficient and not use too much energy. It makes the HVAC system more efficient and cleans the air before it enters the HVAC system. Thus, the system is spared from filtering the air itself.
  2. It protects the home from debris, bacteria, and allergens. The air filter keeps much of the debris and other bacteria from invading your home. If you had no air filter, your home would have a film of debris, soot, and other allergens on your walls, furniture, and appliances. It would be an unhealthy place to live. That is why it’s crucial that you change your air filter every month or whenever it is recommended on the filter packaging. 
  3. It lessens the load on your HVAC unit so you have fewer breakdowns and maintenance issues. When the air filter isn’t clogged or dirty, it keeps your HVAC unit running efficiently and not weighed down by dirt and debris. This, of course, means that you will have fewer breakdowns and maintenance calls from the HVAC technician. 

As we mentioned, you should change your air filters every thirty (30) days unless it says otherwise. It depends on the type, size of your HVAC system, and the type of environment in your home, such as pets, or if a resident smokes. Your home air filter is crucial as it cleans the air that enters your heating and air conditioning system. ***

Changing your HVAC air filters is a year-long routine. So, check with your HVAC installer or HVAC maintenance company for their recommendations.   

If you are concerned with the air quality in your home, then it may be time to schedule a home energy adult with Energy Efficiency Experts. It’s important to have not only the right amount of insulation but it’s just as important to remove old insulation and correctly install new ones to prevent the issues water damage and mold issues. We have extensive knowledge of how homes with sufficient attic insulation and ventilation can prevent many undesirable outcomes such as stuffy homes and high energy bills while also increasing home air quality maintenance companies to confirm how often you should change the air filters. 

Call Energy Efficiency Experts at (202) 557-9200. We serve the Washington, D.C. area. 

*** For more information on HVAC units see this article on the Forbes website. 

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