We regularly get asked, “How often should I be changing my air filters?”. Although we’d love to give you a very straightforward answer, the frequency really does depend on a variety of factors.
Believe it or not, the air inside your home can actually be worse than the air outside. That’s because indoor air pollution can be caused by many common factors, like dust mites, mold, scents, chemicals and other factors, all of which can make it very difficult to manage asthma and allergy symptoms.
If you suffer from airborne allergies, it would be beneficial to replace your air filters more often than is normally recommended. When the filter is filled with dust and debris, it can’t trap the other allergens floating around in your home.
Speaking of allergies, it’s estimated that 10-15% of Americans are allergic to pet dander, which can seriously affect the quality of your indoor air. Now, before you go and push Fido out the dog door, it’s important to recognize that air filter replacement can go a long way to alleviating those symptoms.
Consider checking and replacing the filter more frequently during hotter months when pets are likely to shed more. If the filter is filthy with pet hair, it’s a good indication that it needs replacing.
Changing your air filter frequently is like changing the oil in your car. It may cost you initially, but it’s worthwhile because it helps the system run properly for longer and prevents more costly maintenance expenses in the future.
Energy Star suggests checking your air filters every month, and replacing them at least every three months to ensure optimal performance.
As you can see, there’s a lot to consider when needing to replace your air filter. Luckily, the American Standard AccuClean system is Certificated asthma & allergy friendly® by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and can help ensure cleaner, healthier air for your family and your home.
If you’re ready to trade out your old system for a new, more efficient model, give us a call at 903-838-6923 or contact us online to get started!