Should I Change My Air Filters More Often During Summer?

How often do you change the air filters in your HVAC system? Actually, don’t answer that — because chances are it’s not as often as it should be. With summer here and the AC cranking all hours of the day and night, should you change your air filters more often? The answer is yes.

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What Do Air Filters Do?

Air filters are important pieces of the HVAC system and are designed to remove dust, allergens, and other particles from the air within your home. By removing these particles from the air, not only will your home’s air quality increase but so will the efficiency of your HVAC system. Regular maintenance includes switching out old, dirty filters with new ones — but how often?

Overuse of Air Filters

The average air filter should be changed out for a new one either every other month or once per month, depending on your home. The more you run your HVAC system and the more people and pets there are, the more frequently you should change the air filters. Failure to change your filters at least once every other month will result in clogged filters that will inhibit airflow.

Summertime Habits

If you change your filters every other month, consider changing them once per month during the summertime. There are a lot of summertime habits and factors that can shorten the lifespan of your air filters, causing you to change them out more frequently.

  • Increased foot traffic due to house guests, parties, pets, etc.
  • Failure to take off shoes after being outside; tracking dirt, pollen, allergens, and other debris
  • Running the HVAC system nonstop due to high outdoor temperature and humidity levels
  • High levels of pollen and outdoor allergens
  • Lack of dusting, vacuuming, and cleaning due to being home less (vacation)

Different times of the year require different maintenance for your HVAC system, so it’s important to know the difference. When your cooling system needs service or repair, contact Airtech of Stamford. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (203) 323-3959.

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