Pro Tip: Preventative maintenance, like regularly changing your air filter, can improve the quality of your air and extend the life of your HVAC equipment.
Is the air flow in your HVAC system weak? Are your energy bills higher than usual? Do you have itchy eyes or a runny nose? You might have a clogged or dirty air filter. And while we’re on the subject, when was the last time you checked or replaced your air filter? Be honest with yourself – if you can’t remember, it’s probably been too long.
Naturally occurring debris like dust, pollen, pet dander, and fabric fibers will get into your HVAC system; these things are just unavoidable, hence regular maintenance is required. Plain and simple, air can’t move through a clogged air filter. And this can cause you to lose 25% or more of the efficiency in your heating and cooling system, resulting in increased energy bills. Seriously, nobody has time for that.
Fact: Clogged air filters are among the leading cause of HVAC system failure.
So, how often should you change your air filters? Most would recommend two or three times a year, but that recommendation assumes you have no pets or seasonal allergies. Truth be told, there are even more factors to consider when answering this question:
All of these affect how often you’ll want to change your air filters. So the short answer is, it depends on your living situation. If any of those boxes apply to you, it’s in your best interest to change your filters anywhere from four to six times a year.
What is the right air filter for me? It all depends on your equipment and your usage. So here’s something to think about. All the air that circulates throughout your home makes its way to your filter, and your filter is the first line of defense – removing up to 96% of particles up to 0.3 microns. I definitely wouldn’t want just any filter on my front lines. Especially while we are in the peak season for air conditioning and allergies.
If you’re unsure about what’s the right filter for your home, make your life easier and ensure you get the right equipment for your system – just call Levco. We are your local HVAC experts, and we’re here to help you figure these things out.
To see Levco’s Air Filter Guide, click here.
Levco Service Line: (203) 324-5500
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