As any good homeowner knows, your AC filters need to be replaced regularly in order to keep your AC functioning at optimum efficiency as well as to prolong the life of your HVAC system. The average pleated filter with normal AC use will last about 6 months. However, this is only a general guideline, and you should really change your filter whenever it gets dirty. If you’re changing your filter far more often than every 6 months, here are a few things that might be impacting your AC filter’s longevity and leading to more frequent changes.
The 6-month guideline for changing your AC filter is based on the “average” use of your AC system. But if you’re using your AC all day and every day, then your filters will need to be changed more frequently. So, if you live in an area that is extremely warm during the summer or you simply like your house to be on the cooler side, you should expect to change those filters more often than every 6 months.
There’s not much you can do about living in a warmer climate. However, you might consider setting your AC a few degrees warmer. Not only can this reduce how frequently you change your filters, but it will lower your utility bills as well.
The more people you have in your home, the more dirt, dust, and skin cells there will be in the air in your home. So, if you have a large family, your air filters are going to get dirty much more quickly than they would in a home with only one or two residents. This will require you to change your filters more frequently.
Your human family members aren’t the only ones causing your filters to get dirty more quickly. Your furry, four-legged friends create a lot of dust, release dander and fur into the air, and track dirt in from outside. If there are pets in your home, you might need to change your air filters a bit more than average. However, making sure you bathe your pet regularly and brushing them daily can reduce the amount of dirt, fur, and dander they release, which can help your AC filters last longer and keeping your home cleaner.
Smoking in your home is a bad idea for many reasons. Not only does it create a polluted environment for everyone living in the home, but tobacco smoke can discolor paint and fabrics as well as cause them all to have the lingering scent of that smoke. On top of that, all that air pollution in your home puts extra strain on your HVAC system and the air filters, quickly dirtying them as they try to filter out the smoke in the home. If you smoke, be sure to take it outside to spare your filters as well as any other person sharing your home.
Changing AC filters is simply a part of living in a home and changing them with enough frequency can help to prevent HVAC issues down the road. If you’re having any issues with your HVAC system in Loganville, GA, contact Triad Mechanical at (770) 682-0075 to schedule professional services.
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