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AC Filter Replacement: How Often Should You Do

when to do ac filter replacement

As the months turn warmer, your air conditioning unit plays a vital role in keeping your home comfortable and livable. However, to ensure that your high efficiency air conditioning system operates efficiently and effectively, regular maintenance is key. One crucial aspect of this maintenance routine is their air filter replacement. But how often should you replace them? Let’s delve into the details.

Types of AC filters

Before delving into replacement schedules, it’s important to understand the types of air filters available for your AC unit. Generally, there are three main types:

1. Fiberglass filters

These are the most common and budget-friendly options. Fiberglass filters are designed to capture large particles like dust and debris but may not be as effective at trapping smaller particles.

2. Pleated filters

Pleated filters have a larger surface area than fiberglass filters, allowing them to capture smaller particles effectively. They offer better filtration and are suitable for households with pets or allergies.

3. High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters

HEPA filters are the most efficient at trapping airborne particles, including pollen, pet dander, and bacteria. While highly effective, they may restrict airflow, leading to increased energy consumption.

Learn More: Why You Need to Clean Your Air Conditioner’s Filters?

What Air Filters for House do:

Air conditioning filters play a crucial role in maintaining indoor air quality and protecting your HVAC system. They function by trapping airborne particles as air circulates through the system. Over time, these particles accumulate on the filter, reducing its efficiency and potentially hindering airflow.

Regular ac filter replacement ensures that your AC unit operates optimally, improving indoor air quality, reducing energy consumption, and prolonging the lifespan of your HVAC system.

Factors to Consider During Air Filter Replacement:

Several factors influence how often you should replace your air conditioner filters:

1. Type of filter

The type of filter you use determines its lifespan and efficiency. Fiberglass filters typically require replacement every 1-3 months, while pleated filters may last up to 6 months. HEPA filters can last even longer but may require more frequent monitoring due to their efficiency.

2. Household factors

 Homes with pets, smokers, or residents with allergies may require more frequent air filter replacements due to increased airborne particles.

3. Usage patterns

If your AC unit operates continuously or experiences heavy usage, filters may become clogged more quickly, necessitating more frequent replacement.

4. Environmental factors

Environmental conditions such as pollen levels, air pollution, and construction nearby can affect the rate at which filters become dirty and require replacement.

5. Manufacturer recommendations

Refer to the manufacturer’s guidelines for your HVAC system to determine the recommended filter replacement schedule. Following these guidelines ensures optimal performance and prevents unnecessary strain on your system.

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When it comes to maintaining your HVAC system, regular AC tune-ups are essential. At Boyle Energy, we are reputed for professional heating and air conditioning services in Havertown, Newtown Square, and surrounding areas near Philadelphia. Our expert technicians can help you with AC filter replacement, ensuring that your system operates efficiently and effectively all year round.

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