In between seasonal or annual maintenance tune ups on your HVAC system, changing the air filters on your air conditioner and furnace is the greatest way to ensure the most efficient operations of your home’s comfort control systems.

Studies show that one of the top five environmental health risks is indoor air pollution. Changing the furnace and return air filters is essential to your home’s indoor air quality, and the performance of your HVAC system.

Knowing when to change the filters and remembering to do so could save you money and increase the air quality throughout your living environment.

Changing Your AC Filter During Summer

How often you should change your air filters could depend on various factors. Experts suggest that every homeowner change their air filter every four to six  weeks. Determining factors like which type of filter your system requires, whether or not you own pets, how many people you have living in the house, and the general air quality and pollution in your city are all things to take into consideration with this four to six-week rule.

Pets, pollution, and allergies are all reasons to change your filter sooner than the recommended four to six weeks. Pets have hair that shed and can cause the filter to clog quicker. This means that the air filter is doing its job by collecting pet hair and dander, but a dirty, clogged filter can reduce the performance of your HVAC system.

This can lead to needing an AC repair that’ll cost you time and money. It’s a good idea to get on a schedule and choose a specific day every month to change the filters in your home. This will ensure that your air filters are being changed monthly and serve as a reminder to change them out. The important thing to remember is, if your air filters are dirty, change them.

Many homeowners fail to replace their air filters frequently, making the air you breathe and environment where you live harmful to your health. Be aware of your family’s pets, allergies, and day-to-day living, and set up a routine to help you replace dirty filters regularly. The results are in your home’s air quality, and your HVAC system’s ability to perform properly in between annual tune-ups from Front Range HVAC’s team.

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