Heater And Air Conditioner Filter Maintenance

Dust and particles caught in this filter after only 3 months.

Dust and particles caught in this filter after only 3 months.

Did you know that indoor levels of pollutants may be two to five times higher than outdoor levels? Indoor air quality ranks as one of the top five environmental risks to public health.  A heater / air conditioner filter can help clean the air in your home by reducing particles (from the air passing through the filter) that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, and maintain proper air flow.

What Filters Do

Heater and air conditioner filters are effective at attracting and capturing large airborne allergens like pollen, mold spores, and dust mite debris. Electrostatically charged fibers attract and capture microscopic airborne particles like smoke, pet dander, household dust, and smog.

How Often Should I Change My Filter?

For cleaner air, the filter should be changed at least every three months.  Changing your filter more frequently makes your system run more efficiently.  certain conditions in your home will significantly add particles to the air.  This will cause the filter to capture more particles than usual, shortening its life to less than three months or reducing the effectiveness of the filter to capture particles.  These conditions include:

  • Dirty Ductwork
  • Sanding Projects
  • Burning Candles
  • Construction Work
  • Pets
  • Tobacco Smoke
  • Fireplace and Wood-Burning Stove Smoke

Also, running your furnace or air conditioning fan continuously will help clean the air in your home but could further shorten the life of the filter.