Do I Really Have To Change My Air Filter Often?

ThinkstockPhotos-178384618The frequency at which you are required to change your HVAC’s air filter depends on factors such as unit location, type of filter you are using and various environmental factors.

Air filters such as pleated and disposable air filters are mostly used in residential buildings and are supposed to be replaced every 3 months or less. Without interference from environment factors such as tobacco smoke, heavy toot traffic and pet hair, these air filters should be replaced within this period of time. Failure to replace air filters within the recommended period of time will not only shorten our unit’s life, but also affect the normal operations of your air conditioner.

This article provides information on the air filters used for various applications.

Spaceguard filters are known to be highly efficient compared to the ones mentioned earlier. While they will cost you more to buy, high efficiency filters can save you a lot of money in the long run. Their life ranges between 6 months and 1 year. The change-out frequency of air filters in commercial buildings mostly depends on the filter type and traffic moving in and out of the business premise within a certain period of time. In such cases, business owners may be forced to change filters every one or two months. It is very important to consider these factors when buying air filters so that you are able to make an informed decision when making the purchase.

The case is quite different in industrial facilities where the filters may require replacing every week. This is mainly because the nature of such businesses is different from others. Soot, smoke and other contaminants present in the air surrounding such businesses demand more advance filtration systems, and the filters get saturated a lot quicker, requiring more frequent replacing.

Basically, the type of filter you buy for your air condition will depend on how fast they wear out. You can save a ton of money by performing these simple but effective HVAC maintenance task on your unit. Follow us for more articles that will keep your heating and cooling systems running efficiently