Air filters are essential components of any home, car, or HVAC system. They help keep the air clean by trapping dust, mold, pet dander, and other pollutants. But if you don't change the filter regularly, air can't pass as easily and the efficiency of the filter decreases. So why is it important to change your air filter? The main reason to change your air filter is to ensure that your home or car is getting the cleanest air possible.
As the filter traps more dirt, dust, and allergens from the air, it becomes less efficient. This means that if you don't change the air filter regularly, air can't pass as easily and your home or car won't be getting the cleanest air possible. Getting rid of the contaminated air filter can also help improve your home's comfort level. This is because when the filter is clogged with dirt and dust particles, it can cause poor air circulation and make your home feel stuffy.
Replacing the filter can help improve air circulation and make your home more comfortable. In addition to improving air quality and comfort levels in your home or car, changing your air filter regularly can also help prevent any allergies caused by dust particles. This is especially important if you have pets or suffer from allergies. When it comes to cars, changing your air filter regularly is also important for maintaining the performance of your vehicle.
The filter prevents small particles from entering the engine and causing potentially costly damage. It's best to review the maintenance schedule provided by your car manufacturer to get the proper replacement program. For HVAC systems, a general rule of thumb for pleated air filters (such as those manufactured by FilterBuy) is to replace the filter every 90 days. However, if you have a new pet or if the outdoor air quality has been poor, you may need to reassess this timeline. Furnaces and air conditioners in smaller homes need to pump less air for the same amount of temperature change, which can mean less frequent filter changes. If you have allergies, you can reduce your symptoms by using a high-quality HEPA (high-energy particulate air) filter and adopting a more frequent replacement program.
During mild spring and fall months, your HVAC system will operate less frequently, so the filter won't get dirty as quickly. For cats and dogs, it's necessary to change their air filter every two months due to their shedding and odors that can accumulate in their space. Finally, it's important to note that using an air filter with a MERV rating higher than recommended by the manufacturer of your oven or air conditioner may impair its performance.