Get the Right AC Facts: How Often Your Air Filter Should be Cleaned or Changed

Is your air conditioner functioning to its full capacity? Since we are officially in summer and temperatures are only going to increase, we certainly hope this is the case! However, if you aren’t changing or cleaning your air filter on a regular basis, then you are preventing your AC from working as efficiently as it could.

This is one air conditioning maintenance task that you can and should do on your own. Your air filter is designed to protect the inside components of your HVAC system. Over time, they become congested with dust, lint, dander, and other debris that can negatively impact your air quality and cause your air conditioner to perform poorly.

So how often should you change or clean your air filter? While we wish there was a simple one-and-done answer to this, the truth is that it depends. However, we’ve shared some basic guidelines below to follow when deciding when to change or clean your system’s air filter.

Panel Air Filters

This fiberglass air filter is among the most inexpensive types of air filters there are, and as a result it is the most popular. However, these filters do clog up more quickly than their counterparts, so it’s recommended that you replace them once a month during AC use. If you don’t have significant contaminants going through your home—such as pet dander or cigarette smoke—then you may be able to decrease this to every 3 months.

Pleated Air Filters

Pleated air filters are significantly better performing that the panel type. They are made from woven polyester, and keep out smaller particles as a result. Pleated air filters must not be too efficient for your system though, as then you could unintentionally block airflow into your home.

Permanent Air Filters

If you have a permanent air filter, then you shouldn’t need to change it (unless it begins to develop mold or mildew). However, it does need to be cleaned on a regular basis to keep it free of clogs. In general, this should be done every 2 months. You can clean it by using a garden hose with low water pressure, and be sure to allow the filter to dry out completely before replacing it.

For quality air conditioning services in Rexburg, ID from HVAC technicians who set the standard for providing great service, contact Advanced Home Services today.