Why is it important to regularly change my air filters?

filterChanging the air filter in your home is a regular aspect of HVAC maintenance. Experts recommend that the air filter is changed every one to three months, depending on the brand and quality of the filter—as well as in-home factors, such as number of pets and in-home air quality. Changing your air filter is important for several reasons, including for the upkeep and maintenance of the HVAC system, as well as for personal health concerns.

Why Changing the Air Filter Matters

The air filter is responsible for collecting any debris that is present in the home. Air filters are designed to be durable so that they can collect a great deal of materials before becoming clogged, but even the top of the line filters have their limits. Air filters pick up things like sand and dust particles, pet hair, even spackle that may come off the wall or ceiling of the home, and prevents those bits of toxins and debris from getting pushed into the air vents.

Without an air filter the air conditioning unit itself can be clogged with these bits of debris, which can lead to an expensive repair. Aside from damage to the HVAC system, allowing these materials to flow through the home can increase risk of illness, specifically increasing the chance of indoor allergies.

Change your Air Filter to Reduce Allergies

Did you know that the number of people who struggle with daily allergies actually increases every year? Currently, researchers estimate that there are about 50 million people in the United States alone who struggle with regular allergies. Estimates go as high to conclude that allergies effect about 30 percent of all adults, and 40 percent of children—which confirms the trend in allergies becoming a more common occurrence throughout the population. In fact, asthma, which is a form of allergic disease, is now the fifth most common chronic disease in the United States.

These statistics from the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America tell us something that so many people already know: allergies are a real problem. While it is difficult enough to deal with the changes in pollen and other outdoor allergies, the majority of allergy sufferers continue to struggle with the sneezing, itchy eyes and sinus difficulties even after going inside.

What many people don’t realize is that indoor allergies can often be avoided by keeping up with regular HVAC maintenance. Specifically, regularly changing out your air filter can greatly reduce the severity of indoor allergies. Doing this reduces toxins from the air and improves in-home air quality. For annual HVAC maintenance services, contact the professionals at All Weather Contractors.