Insights Into Your Air Filter

Our techs here at All Pro Heating and Air, an Indianapolis HVAC business, often get asked about the quality of indoor air. The EPA says, “Americans, on average, spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors, where the concentrations of some pollutants are often 2 to 5 times higher than typical outdoor concentrations.” That’s right, two-to-five times greater in pollutant particulates. We want to give you a quick breakdown of the importance of changing the air filter in your home’s HVAC system, as well as tell you how often your filter needs to be changed.

There are a number of different types of filters available on the market, each offering different benefits, but the fact remains that all types of filters need to be checked, maintained, and changed in order to function properly and safely.

To that end, why is changing your air filter so important?

First of all, a clogged air filter can cause extensive damage to your system. Whether you have ever replaced a system or have paid for one to be repaired, no one wants to go through that expense prematurely. If you check your air filter’s condition regularly, you ensure the longevity of your system — saving yourself thousands in possible repair and replacement costs. Dirt and neglect are some of the leading causes of heating and cooling systems failing, yet such failure is completely avoidable.

Second, changing the air filter in your system ensures cleaner, fresher, healthier air. This is better for everyone in your home, particularly children and the elderly. If you have anyone in the home suffering from allergies and/or asthma, this is especially important. In referring to the latter, a clean air filter means you are not constantly circulating dust, dust mites, pollen, and other small particles in the air. Instead, your system will be able to purify the air, leaving it clean and healthy.

Third, aside from protecting the HVAC system from unnecessary damage, cleaning out or changing a clogged air filter will also save you a significant amount on operating costs. In simplest terms, a dirty air filter uses much more energy than a new, clean air filter, which means a much higher electricity bill for you. You can protect your system and your wallet, by keeping your air filter clean and in good condition. In fact, you can save up to 15% on utility costs just by maintaining your air filter.

Fourth, If you fail to clean and replace your air filter on a regular basis, it’s also a hit to our environment. An air filter that is clogged means a harder working HVAC system, which means a lot of carbon monoxide and other greenhouse gasses by extension being released. Going green and running your home in an eco-friendly manner need not necessarily mean bending over backward and giving up all forms of comfort. Something as simple as changing an air filter regularly can go a long way in making a difference.

Changing your HVAC system’s air filter is important in these four ways. It can impact your system itself, hurt you economically, complicate your health, and add stress to the environment.

To that point, how often should your air filter be changed? It differs depending on the type of filters and the brand of system you’re running. Check your manufacturer’s recommendations first. From there, pay attention to how often your system trips and any changes in overall wellbeing among those living in your home. Anywhere between 1 and 3 months is advised, with the former being preferable and the latter being the absolute maximum between changes.

If you have any further questions about air filters for your Indy HVAC system, just let us know. We are All Pro Heating and Air, and we would like you to breathe easy inside your home.