You may have heard that it’s important to change your home’s air filters in the past. But is it really a necessity? In this article, we will help you understand the top 4 benefits of changing your air filter and how often you really should be changing it.
1) Decrease Exposure to Viruses
Changing your air filter directly impacts your home’s air quality. The primary job of your filter is to cleanse the air that is circulating within your home. When your filter becomes clogged, it can no longer effectively do its job. At 1 Click Heat, we sell high-efficiency particulate air filtration systems. HEPA filtration systems effectively help reduce airborne contaminants, including Covid-19, in your home.1
2) Save Money on Energy Costs
Not only do clean filters lead to safer air, but they also save you money on your monthly hydro bill. When your air filter becomes clogged, your HVAC system has to expend more effort in order to push your air through- costing you more money. When your air filter is clean and the air can move with ease, you will have a properly functioning HVAC system; so your bill will be lower. By regularly replacing your air filters, you could lower your energy consumption costs by 5-15%.2
3) Get Rid of Seasonal Allergies
Although we can’t control what we’re breathing while outdoors, we can decrease the effects of those nasty seasonal allergies in your home. If your air filter is dirty, allergens will continue to circulate in your house leading to increased levels of discomfort. This issue is also true if you have furry pets in your home. Households with animals will do well to change their air filters more frequently as they may accumulate fur.
4) Lower Repair Frequency
HVAC repairs can be a costly, unforeseeable expense. When your air filter is dirty, your HVAC system has to exert more effort to push air through the filter. This can result in over-use and damage to your system. Changing your air filter frequently, will result in preventing damage and extending the life of your unit as a whole.
How Often Should You Change Your Air Filter?
Since you now know the benefits, you are probably asking how often you should change your filter. The frequency is dependent on your unit and the type of air filter you use. But as a general rule, you should change your filter every 3 months. Cheaper fibre glass filters should be changed once a month and higher end pleated filters can last up to 6 months for optimal air quality.
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(1) Perry Santanachote. (05/ 05/202) “What You Need to Know About Air Purifiers and the Coronavirus” Source: https://www.consumerreports.org/air-purifiers/what-to-know-about-air-purifiers-and-coronavirus/
(2) Ecobee. (08/06/2020). “Why Home Air Filters Can Improve Your Health” Source: https://www.ecobee.com/en-ca/citizen/why-home-air-filters-can-improve-your-health/?utm_source=organic_social&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=august_blog_airfilters&fbclid=IwAR0B8lOSfq-h6ZKEYYtJ-pedwmX-uOIdM-u4um58giCpu_mrnLnFzU5ldYY