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When Should You Change Your HVAC Filter?

Regular Replacements Are Necessary For Cleaner Air

Many people dismiss air filters as seemingly flimsy pieces of paper. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth. HVAC air filters keep your air clean, reducing dust and airborne allergens, and they also play a vital role in the efficiency of your heating and air conditioning.

So, you can see why staying on top of your filter changes is essential, right? So, change your filter often to help keep your air clean and your HVAC system running to the best of its ability. However, this begs the question: How usually should you make replacements? Well, let’s get into it.

When Should Your Air Filter Be Replaced?

We recommend replacing your filters every three to six months, depending on how often you use your HVAC system. However, the frequency with which you change your filter depends on several variable factors, including:

  • How often do you use your HVAC system
  • Whether or not you have pets
  • The air quality in your neighborhood
  • The size of your home
  • Allergies in your home
  • Clean Filters Improve Efficiency

As we discussed earlier, dirty filters make your HVAC system work harder than it should have. All that extra work adds up, too. Eventually, your HVAC system will give up if you don’t replace your filter often enough. So, the cleaner the filter, the more efficient your system runs.

At least, that’s the general rule of thumb. And, like any other rule, there are exceptions. For example, let’s assume you use HEPA filters. HEPA filters are hospital-grade air filters that are so good they even filter out airborne illnesses (down to a specific micron, at least). However, due to that extra fine filtration, HEPA filters often cause your HVAC system to work harder, even when the filter is fresh and clean. So, when choosing a replacement air filter, select a level of filtration that fits your needs, your home, and your budget. If you have any questions or are unsure of what filter to use, feel free to call our HVAC experts for help!

Have Our Professionals Help You Pick and Replace Filters

Like other things in life, having our team of professionals change your filter for you at a set interval is often easiest. After all, our techs know what filter is best for your system, needs, and use case. We also know (and help you keep track of) when you should clean or replace it. You may not need a full maintenance service on your HVAC every month, but an occasional check-in with a local HVAC company like TNT Home Services keeps your HVAC system chugging along.

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