Are You Changing Your Air Filter Often Enough?

Many homeowners don’t realize just how important their air filter is to a properly functioning HVAC system. But avoiding this important air conditioning component can do a lot more harm than good. Changing your air filter is a task that you can and should manage on your own, on a routine basis.

The air filter that comes standard with your HVAC system is placed there to protect the interior components of that system. It helps prevent dust and other potentially harmful debris from entering via return air ducts. So if the air filter is left ignored for too long, it will become congested and won’t allow for sufficient airflow or an effective cooling system at all.

But how often should you change your air filter? This question does not have a “one-size-fits-all” answer. Keep reading to learn more about why that is.

Permanent Filters

We actually advise against using this type of air filter, as it is prone to developing mold and mildew when it gets wet, such as when you clean it. However, if you do have this type of air filter then about every 2 months you should take it out and clean it using a garden hose on low pressure. Just be sure that it’s completely dry before putting it back in your system.

Panel Filters

Panel filters tend to be the most cost-effective filters on the market. You can purchase a pack of them at pretty much any hardware store for barely anything. However, do come with less powerful filtration than other air filters. As a result, they typically need to be changed once a month.

Pleated Filters

Pleated filters are a little more expensive than their counterparts. However, they have a polyester design that makes them more powerful than the others. Just be sure that yours is not too efficient as it can then restrict the airflow into your home.

For air conditioning maintenance in Hobart, IN, contact Earl’s Heating & Air Conditioning today.