We know, you’ve heard plenty of people talk about changing the air filter to your air conditioner. We’re not like your dentist, we won’t just tell you over and over again to clean your filter—instead, we’d like to go into just how often you should be cleaning it, and what factors are at play when you’re dealing with this part of your AC. You’d be surprised by what you can learn about AC repair in Raleigh, NC and the process of home cooling by thinking about how much it differs from family to family!
You’ve probably heard the idea that you should change your air filter every one to three months, but that’s a wide window of change. That’s why we’re writing this blog, so we can help you decide if you should change your filter every month, every two months, or perhaps every three months, depending on your living situation.
When it comes to the frequency of your air filter changes, there are many factors to keep in mind. Before we get to how you can tell if you need to change your filter currently, we’re going to talk about the differences between households and how that might affect the frequency of dust and debris being removed from your AC.
- The size of the household. Is it just you in your home? Or perhaps you’ve got your family, including your kids and your parents? The more people, the more air is being exchanged, thus increasing the frequency of a filter change.
- The overall quality of your indoor air. Do you have an old house built by flaking materials that could be contaminating your air? These contaminants will get caught in your filter. (Also, consider looking into purchasing an air purification system.)
- The type of filter your AC needs. Depending on the size, material, and thickness of your air filter, it might need to be changed more frequently.
- Pets in your home. Do you have any pets? Well, we hate to break it to you, but pet dander and hair can clog just about any air filtration system in the blink of an eye.
So, do you notice any of these points relating to you and your living situation? For instance, if you’ve got a few pets, a large family, a small filter and dusty air, you’re going to want to replace your air conditioner’s filter every month at least. If you’re rarely at home, live by yourself, and don’t have any pets, then you can probably change your air filter every 3 months and you’ll be fine.
Though, it’s important to remember that your air filter is only one part of your air conditioner. Replacing or cleaning it won’t necessarily fix your problems if something else is causing them. At this point, it’s clear that you should contact a professional HVAC technician who can more specifically address the problem that’s occurring. Something wrong that doesn’t have to do with your air filter might be more complicated and require a technician to address.
For everything else that has to do with HVAC, contact Sloan Service Company. We’ve got you covered.