There are a number of different types of indoor air filters available on the market, each offering different benefits. All types of filters need to checked, maintained, and routinely changed in order to function properly and safely – and to keep the air inside of your home from becoming contaminated.
Why is changing your filter so important?
First of all, changing the air filter in your system ensures cleaner, fresher, healthier air. This is better for everyone in your home, particularly children and the elderly. It especially helps those suffering from allergies and/or asthma. For allergies, a clean 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 cleaner and healthier.
Secondly, a clogged air filter can cause extensive damage to your heating and cooling system. Thus, if you check your air filter condition regularly, you 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 and easily avoidable.
Thirdly, cleaning out or changing a clogged air filter will also save you a significant amount on operating costs. In simplest terms, a dirty air filter uses much more energy than a new, clean air filter. This means a much higher electricity bill for you if left dirty.
How often should your air filter be changed?
It differs depending on the different types of filters, but anywhere between 1 and 3 months is advised, with the former being preferable and the latter being the absolute maximum you should allow between changes.