Change or Clean your HVAC Filters – Air Conditioning Appreciation Days
Filters in your HVAC systems play an important role in keeping the air in your home and building clean. According to the EPA, air inside can be two to five times worse than outside air. Your filter can help catch and prevent the tiny particles, including dust, pet dander, mold spores, and so much more, from spreading around your building or home.
Air filters not only help keep the air cleaner, but they also help keep your HVAC system clean. Filters help prevent dust and dirt from getting to portions of your system. When these components get dirty or when the filter is so dirty the air can barely get through, the system has to work harder to keep up with the task of keeping your space cool. The harder your system works, the more energy it uses and the less efficient it becomes.
How often should filters be changed?
The EPA suggests that you check your filters every month and change them at least every three months. Filters sometimes need to be changed more often than every three months during high usage times, such as these Dog Days of Summer. Also consider changing your filters more often if your building is prone to higher levels of dust or pet dander particles. This is extremely important for buildings with occupants that have asthma, allergies, or other lung diseases.
A good rule of thumb when changing filters is to write the date on them. This helps you keep track of the last time the filter was changed to help you stay more consistent and to get an idea of how your system and building work.
Need help changing or locating your filter? Contact W. L. Gary Company.