Having good quality air in your home is undoubtedly important to you. Whether you live in a household with fun-loving, messy kids, or a more laid back house cat, dirt and debris can easily build up in any home. If you are concerned about preventing your air conditioner from impacting your health, your home air quality is probably on your mind. Ensuring you have good indoor air quality doesn’t have to be complicated. One of the simplest things you can do is making sure you regularly have your air conditioner’s filter replaced.

How regularly changing your air filter helps:
  • Ensuring you are breathing good quality air
  • Protecting the performance of your AC unit
  • Promoting your AC’s long-term efficiency
  • Preventing build-up and circulation of unwanted particles

The purpose of an air filter

Although an air filter’s primary job is to protect your heating and cooling system, it also serves the important role of filtering the air you breathe within your home. Some of those particles you don’t want floating around your home continually include mold, pet dander, dirt tracked in from the outside, dust, pollen, and harmful pollutants. These irritants can aggravate asthma, cause other breathing problems to develop, and other respiratory issues.

When an air filter is clogged, it can not only hinder AC efficiency and strain on your system but also prevent proper airflow throughout your household. If dirt and debris collect on your AC’s blower motor, fan, or evaporator, it can dramatically hurt the unit’s performance, causing utility costs to spike.

How often should my filter be changed?

The frequency in which you change out your air conditioner filter could fluctuate depending on the type of AC system you have. Generally speaking, however, an air filter should likely be replaced every three months or so. If you continually notice dirt, dust, and another buildup around your vents, you may have to change the filter more often.

Almost just as important as changing the filter itself is ensuring you are replacing it with a high-quality filter. You should avoid cheap filters that won’t hold up well. Instead, consider baffled filters, HEPA filters, or other higher-quality options, especially if there are allergies or asthma in the family.

Overall, you need to make sure that you are both changing your air filter regularly and using the right quality so that both your air conditioning system and your household thank you. Air filters are truly a simple way to protect the health of your AC system and your family.

Interested in doing more to combat dirt and debris in your home? Let Southland Heating and Air Conditioning help you take your indoor air quality to the next level. Feel free to contact us at any time to learn more.