Understanding the importance of air filters is one of the most simple and effective things you can do for the health of your family and efficiency of your system. Here are some basics on air filters and how they are part of routine AC maintenance.
Routine Changes Are Critical
Changing your air filters monthly is critical for the health of your family the efficiency of your system. Air filters help catch dust and other airborne particles to prevent them from circulating throughout the home. Higher quality air filters are typically able to trap smaller particles. Your air filters are one of your first defenses at reducing household allergens and minimizing the amount of dust that accumulates throughout your home. Without routine changes to your air filters, your heater or air conditioner needs to work harder to heat or cool your home.
No Matter The Filter, Change It Monthly
Spending three times more on an air filter does not mean you can get away with changing your filters once every three months. Every filter should be changed monthly and depending on your household, you may need to change the filter more often. If you live in an older home that may be especially dusty or you have pets, you probably need to change the filters more often than monthly.
The only real benefit of purchasing expensive filters is they are able to catch smaller particles, which is especially important for members of your household with allergies or breathing problems. When you have to make a choice, it is better to purchase inexpensive air filters that you can afford to change regularly than expensive filters that are a financial burden to change monthly.