Studies have shown that indoor air quality can actually be more polluted than the air outside, yikes! Studies have also shown that people spend up to 90% of their time in their homes. This combination means that your health and wellness are affected by the air in your home. Cooking residue, smoke, paint, chemical fumes, cleaners, pollen, pet hair and dust can all cause the air quality inside your home to suffer greatly. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to improve the air quality in your home including using high quality air conditioner filters and scheduling regular AC filter replacement.
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Types of Filters
There are a variety of air filters that you can use that will benefit you in different ways. Although some filters work better than others, it is important to consider your budget, any special needs you may have, and the frequency with which you will have to replace your air filters.
- Washable air filters: These filters are not as common but function the same way as disposable filters in that they catch excess dust and particles but require you to regularly wash and clean them.
- Fiberglass & Polyester filters: These affordable filters are the most common types of filters used in households. They are composed of different materials which are used to catch particles.
- HEPA filters: HEPA filters are high grade filters that catch incredibly fine particles and other media, filtering air at a very fine level. HEPA filters may have benefits for allergy sufferers.
Why Change Your Filter
Filters play an important role in increasing the air quality in your home and the efficiency of your AC unit. The average household should change their filter every 90 days while households with pets should change every 60. If you have allergy sufferers in your home, you should change your filter more often - every 20-45 days. There are many benefits to regularly changing your AC filters including increased efficiency of your AC unit, improved family health, improved indoor air quality, cleaner ducts, and monthly costs savings. Replacing your filter regularly is a small investment in the longevity and efficiency of your AC system.
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Furnace and AC FIlter Replacement
Just like your AC, your furnace also requires regular furnace filter replacement. If you have a dual heating and cooling system, your furnace and AC share the same filter so it is important to keep up with regular changes. If you run your furnace or AC without a filter, low quality air will be recycled throughout your home. If you improperly install a filter, it won’t work as intended to keep particles, dust, pollen, and other substances from invading your air space. Although changing your filter can be done at home, call a professional if you notice poor air quality or high energy costs. This could be a sign your air filters aren’t installed properly, you need a higher quality filter, or a bigger problem is lurking.