Homeowners don’t always realize the important role that HVAC Filters play in air quality and energy savings. While the manufacturer usually makes recommendations about how often the filters should be changed, there are some things that may affect the filter’s ability to work properly for an extended amount of time. Here are three reasons to consider changing that filter a little more frequently. Even changing the filter every 30 days can have beneficial results in certain situations.
Pets are often considered a part of the family. But unlike the human members, they tend to have dander and bring in a lot more dust from outside. Even if a family only has one pet, it might be worth changing out the filter once a month to maximize the results. The filter can trap the dander and prevent it from circulating through the house and causing problems. Dander and pet hair may not seem like that big of a deal, but in reality, if the filter becomes clogged and isn’t changed, it could put unnecessary stress on the system and require costly repairs.
Allergies or Respiratory Conditions
If someone in the home has asthma or suffers from severe allergies, it is be really important to ensure that the air quality in the home is ideal. Changing the filter once a month can actually help to prevent medical issues and make sure everyone in the home is comfortable breathing in the air. For most families, the cost of changing the filter more frequently is well worth it when it can keep everyone happy and healthy. Consider marking the calendar for the same day every month to get into the habit of changing it regularly.
Is any type of construction on the home taking place? Is there construction going in the neighborhood? If so, there could be more dust and debris in the air than normal. If this is the case, changing the filter can really help. It’s important to note that a dirty filter can actually decrease the efficiency of the heating and cooling system, causing higher energy bills with results that are less than stellar.