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When is it Time to Change My HVAC Filter?

May 29, 2024 | Blog

Maintaining your HVAC system is crucial for ensuring the comfort and air quality of your home. One of the simplest yet most effective maintenance tasks is regularly changing your HVAC filter. But how do you know when it’s time to make the switch? At Island Airco, serving Eureka Springs, Berryville, Busch, Shell Knob, Holiday Island, and the surrounding areas, we’re here to help you keep your air conditioning system running smoothly.

Why Change Your HVAC Filter?

The HVAC filter plays a vital role in trapping dust, pollen, pet dander, and other airborne particles, preventing them from circulating through your home. Over time, these particles accumulate, clogging the filter and reducing the system’s efficiency. A dirty filter can lead to a host of problems, including:

  • Reduced Airflow: A clogged filter makes it harder for your HVAC system to push air through, reducing the overall airflow and making your home less comfortable.
  • Increased Energy Bills: When the system has to work harder to circulate air, it uses more energy, leading to higher utility bills.
  • Shortened System Lifespan: Excessive strain on your HVAC system can lead to more frequent breakdowns and a shorter overall lifespan.

How Often Should You Change the Filter?

The frequency of changing your HVAC filter depends on several factors, including the type of filter you use, the number of people and pets in your home, and the overall air quality. Here are some general guidelines:

  • Every 1-3 Months: For standard 1-3 inch filters in a typical home.
  • Every 6-12 Months: For high-efficiency filters or homes with fewer occupants and no pets.
  • Monthly: If you have pets, allergies, or live in an area with high levels of dust or pollution.

Signs It’s Time to Change Your Filter

Even if you follow the general guidelines, it’s important to monitor your filter regularly. Here are some signs that it’s time for a change:

  • Visible Dirt and Debris: If the filter looks dirty or clogged, it’s time to replace it.
  • Increased Allergy Symptoms: If you or your family members start experiencing more allergy symptoms, a clogged filter might be to blame.
  • Higher Energy Bills: A sudden spike in your energy bills could indicate that your HVAC system is working harder than necessary due to a dirty filter.

How to Change Your HVAC Filter

Changing your HVAC filter is a simple task that you can do yourself. Follow these steps:

  1. Turn Off the System: Always turn off your HVAC system before changing the filter to avoid any accidents.
  2. Locate the Filter: The filter is usually located in the return air duct or the blower compartment.
  3. Remove the Old Filter: Slide out the old filter and dispose of it properly.
  4. Insert the New Filter: Make sure the new filter is oriented correctly, with the airflow arrows pointing towards the blower.
  5. Turn the System Back On: Once the new filter is in place, turn your HVAC system back on and enjoy cleaner air.

Trust Island Airco for Your HVAC Needs

At Island Airco, we’re committed to helping you maintain a comfortable and healthy home. If you have any questions about changing your HVAC filter or need professional assistance, give us a call at 479-310-7786. You can also click here to schedule an appointment online. We proudly serve Eureka Springs, Berryville, Busch, Shell Knob, Holiday Island, and the surrounding areas. Keep your HVAC system running smoothly with our expert services and enjoy peace of mind all year round.

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