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Are You Regularly Checking and Changing Your Air Filter?

There are many things you can and should do to ensure that your HVAC system functions properly. This includes hiring a professional HVAC technician to inspect, service, and repair your unit as needed. Regular maintenance is also vital to ensuring its efficiency over its lifespan. There is one step you should be handling on your own though, and that’s regularly checking and changing your air filter.

Is This Really Necessary?

The air filter that came standard with your HVAC system is designed to protect the inside components of your unit. It keeps out dirt, dust, debris, and any other contaminants that might build up and create a decrease in airflow. The buildup eventually causes your AC system to work harder, and causes you to lose money since it won’t be working as effectively as it should. Changing your air filter on a monthly basis can increase the lifespan of your unit, and possibly even fend off costly emergency repairs.

Homeowners are too often quick to assume that they can just hold off changing their air filter until their next maintenance appointment. However, even if you have routine maintenance done every 6 months rather than once a year, this is too long to go between filter changes. We recommend going about 3 months between each air filter change—more frequently if you have an excessive amount of contaminants in your home, such as pet dander or cigarette smoke.

How Do I Change It?

Changing your air filter is a relatively easy task. First, you’ll want to make sure your HVAC system is shut off just to be on the safe side. Then, you will find what kind of air filter you need by observing the number and size printed on your existing filter. Remember, when you remove your old air filter, it’s going to have 1–3 months of trapped material on it. Therefore, you should handle it with care to avoid the release of allergens and other irritants. Don’t hesitate to give us a call should you need any assistance!

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