Home improvement

Changing Air Filters: The Basics

While running an HVAC unit it’s important to make sure that it’s running at peak performance. One of the best ways to make sure this happens is by paying careful attention to your air filters. Here’s why you need to know about air filters

What Do Air Filters Do?

Air filters are exactly what they sound like – filters for the air in your house. They are installed in a specific area of the HVAC unit and help prevent contaminants and other microscopic particles from getting into the air or sensitive areas of the air conditioning unit.

Most air filters are made from pleated paper or spun fiberglass and are used to filter out mold, bacteria, hair, dust, pollen, lint and animal fur.

How Often Should Air Filters Be Changed

The answer to this question really depends on each individual household and the specific HVAC unit that you have. Common though however would suggest that air filters serve to best filter when replaced every 30 to 60 days. If you live in a household with no indoor pets you might not need to replace you filter except for once every 90 or so days. However, if you have multiple pets you’re better off replacing every 30 days instead.

What If I Don’t Replace My Filter

Not replacing your filter can have consequences that you don’t see with the naked eye. Be assured though that without consistent changing the filters will become clogged with lint, dust, mold, pollen, and hair.

A clogged filter can wreak havoc on the system and also on your electricity bill. Some of the most common things we see in homes with dirty filters is: higher energy bills, poor temperature regulation, polluted air, and in the worst-case scenario system failure. If your furnace breaks it can cost anywhere from $2500 to $12000 for repairs or a full-system replacement. An easy thing to avoid with a simple air filter change.

If you’re not sure that your system is working properly call an HVAC Walla Walla company and have them take a look.