It is incredibly important to have air filters in heating and cooling systems to maintain a healthy and comfortable indoor environment.
While basic air filters were initially designed to protect equipment, they are inadequate in filtering harmful particles from the air.
On average, they can only eliminate 3-5% of these particles, which can lead to respiratory problems for those living in your home.
However, with the availability of various types of permanent air filters with different efficiencies, it is now possible to significantly improve indoor air quality.
This air is especially crucial for individuals with allergies, asthma, hay fever, or other breathing difficulties.
We also can integrate hospital-grade air filters in your home, which highlights the importance of having clean air in your living space.
Having air filters is not just beneficial but necessary for maintaining good indoor air quality and ensuring the health and well-being of your family and pets.
How Often Should Air Filters Be Changed?
The frequency of air filter changes depends on factors such as the type of filter, your living environment, and specific conditions in your home:
- Standard disposable filters: Change every 1 to 3 months, but more frequently if you have pets, allergies, respiratory conditions, or a dusty environment.
- Pleated or high-efficiency filters: Typically last 3 to 6 months due to their larger surface area.
- Washable or reusable filters: Clean every 1 to 3 months, following manufacturer instructions.
- Electronic air purifiers: Pre-filters may need cleaning or replacement every 1 to 3 months, collector cells every 6 to 12 months.
- HEPA filters: Generally last 6 to 12 months, following manufacturer recommendations.
- Activated carbon filters: Replace every 3 to 6 months, depending on pollutant levels.
- Always consult the manufacturer's guidelines for your specific filter.
- Regularly inspect filters for dirt buildup or discoloration.
In essence, maintain your air filters to ensure good indoor air quality, efficient HVAC operation, and a healthier home environment, adjusting the frequency based on your unique circumstances.