How Often Do You Need to Change your Air Filter?

New owners quickly learn that homes require attentive maintenance. From the oven to the dryer to the HVAC system, most elements of the home benefit from routine inspection and cleaning.

Too often, however, homeowners delay inspection and cleaning—until something breaks. In the meantime, neglect leads to inefficiency, added costs, and ultimately stressful breakdowns.

Despite its essential role in the home, the HVAC system rarely receives the attention it deserves. Unlike the oven or clothes dryer, the HVAC is “out of sight, out of mind.”

Routine inspection and cleaning is crucial for HVAC efficiency—and efficiency effects more than your energy bill. Indoor air quality can affect your health. As the EPA notes, “Understanding and controlling common pollutants indoors can help reduce your risk of indoor health concerns.”

Periodic air duct cleaning can help assure healthy indoor air quality. Experts agree that ducts should be cleaned every three to five years; or every year, if a family member suffers from allergies or asthma.

Another easy intervention? Changing your HVAC system’s air filters.

How often do you need to change your air filter? The answer depends on several factors—all distinctive to your home. Experts suggest changing filters every three months. However, living in the Philadelphia area, which suffers from the 10th most polluted air in the country, you may need to change your filter more often.

Other factors include your frequency of HVAC usage, the number of household occupants, pets, and daily activities like indoor cooking, burning candles, or the frequency use of household chemicals.

G&G Indoor Air Services sells two products to help keep your HVAC system clean and pollutant-free: HVAC air purifiers and electrostatic filters. And to learn more about our dryer vent and air duct cleaning services, call today.
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