Here’s a quick breakdown on how important it is to change the air filter in your home’s HVAC system and how often your filter needs to be changed.
There are a number of different types of filters available on the market, each offering different benefits, but the fact remains that all types of filters need to be checked, maintained and changed in order to function properly.
A clogged air filter can cause extensive damage to your system. Checking your airs filter’s condition regularly can ensure the longevity of your system — saving yourself thousands in possible repair and replacement costs. Dirt and neglect are one of the leading causes of heating and cooling systems failing, yet such failure is completely avoidable.
An air filter that is clogged means a harder working HVAC system. Changing an air filter regularly can go a long way in making a difference and protecting the HVAC system from unnecessary damage. Cleaning out or changing a clogged air filter will also save you a significant amount on operating costs. A dirty air filter uses much more energy than a new, clean air filter, which means a much higher electricity bill for you. By keeping your air filter clean and in good condition, you can save on utility costs.
Changing the air filter in your HVAC system ensures cleaner, fresher, healthier air. This is better for everyone in your home, most especially for those suffering from allergies and/or asthma. A clean air filter means you are not constantly circulating dust, dust mites, pollen and other small particles in the air. Instead, your system will be able to purify the air, leaving it clean and healthy.
To that point, how often should your air filter be changed? It differs depending on the different types of filters, but anywhere between 1 and 6 months is advised, with the former being preferable and the latter being the absolute maximum you should allow between changes.
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HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate arresting. Honeywell HEPA air cleaners offer powerful filtration: They capture 99.97% of particles that are 0.3 microns in size from the air that passes through the filter.