Should Your Air Filter Be Changed More Often In The Summer?

SHOULD YOUR AIR FILTER BE CHANGED MORE OFTEN IN THE SUMMER?

Cared for correctly, your HVAC air filter can protect you from air contaminants that are especially common in summer. To get the most out of your filter, you’ll need to know the right time to replace it.

How Summer Affects Your Filter

During milder spring and fall weather, when you rarely use your system, you may only have to change the air filter once every six to eight weeks. In summer, when your air conditioner gets a daily workout, a monthly air filter replacement is often a must. There are several reasons behind this.

Finding the Right Change Schedule

Once a month, pull your filter out and hold it up to a bright light. If no light is visible through the filter, you need a clean one. Standard thin fiberglass filters should nearly always be replaced every month. Higher-efficiency models, such as some pleated filters, can last as long as three months. They also improve your indoor air quality, something thin flat-panel fiberglass filters can’t do.

Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for the optimal change schedule for your home. If you have pets, you smoke or you live near a source of pollution such as a highway or farmland, your filter should be changed more often.

For more pro tips on maintaining high indoor air quality, contact us at Jackson & Sons in Eastern North Carolina.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Eastern North Carolina (including Wayne, Johnston, Greene, Lenoir, Pitt and Duplin Counties) about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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