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Is There a Proper Time To Change the Air Filter?

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When Is the Best Time To Change Air Filters?

Every modern home has an HVAC system installed into it. And while there are plenty of moving parts that help keep the home cool and comfortable, one of the most important is the air filter. Although it’s relatively easy and something homeowners can do on their own, it’s often forgotten until something goes wrong. 

Regardless, experts have created a guide to help navigate the process before any homeowner starts poking around trying to locate the air filter. 

Common Signs It’s Time for a New Air Filter

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One of the easiest ways to know if a new air filter needs to be installed in the HVAC system is if the homeowner can’t remember the last time they changed it. If this is the case, it has most likely been due for a replacement for a while. 

Some other symptoms include: 

  • The electric bill is higher than usual 
  • Multiple people within the home are suffering from allergies 
  • The air vents have dust surrounding them
  • Maintenance hasn’t been done in a while either

Not only are all of these great indicators that it is time for a new air filter, but if the filter is covered in dirt and dust, homeowners may as well exchange it for a new one. After all, air filters are relatively affordable, so it’s worth changing them regularly. 

The Benefits of Routine Filter Changes

Some homeowners might feel like changing their air filter often is a waste of money, but it turns out that the contrary is actually true. Changing the air filter regularly comes with many benefits, including saving money. 

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Below are some additional perks of air filter replacement: 

  • Extends the life of the entire HVAC system
  • Keeps energy bills low
  • Reduces the number of illnesses homeowners experience
  • The air quality increases
  • It helps to maintain a clean system overall
  • Better sleep

Perhaps the greatest benefits everyone will experience is the peace of mind knowing that they are not only preserving their home but the health of their family. 

How Often Do Air Filters Usually Need To Be Changed?

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The answer to this question is a bit tricky, but it depends on a few things. Some of the factors that account for how often a filter needs to be replaced include: 

  • How many people live in the home
  • How often they are all in the home
  • What activities are done in the home
  • How much access dirt is brought into the home by shoes
  • How often the home is cleaned
  • Whether or not they have pets

Depending on the factors above, homeowners can look to replace their air filter anywhere between three and six months of use. They should just remember that the more often the air filter is replaced, the better the entire home will be because of it. 

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