You don’t need an HVAC technician to change your HVAC air filter. It’s super easy to do it yourself. But how often should you change it? Every three to six months is the recommendation, but if you aren’t sure, take a look at three signs it’s time to change the filter.
Sign #1: Take a Look
The best way to know if you need to change the filter is by a visual inspection. They normally start out a nice crisp white color and then overtime as the dust accumulates, they turn gray. Eventually if you leave it in there too long the filter will start looking fuzzy. If it’s at this point you’ve definitely waited too long and need to plan on changing them more frequently in the future.
Sign #2: You’re Feeling Your Allergies More and More
Air filters are great at trapping airborne allergens circulating through your house via your HVAC system and the vents. If your allergy symptoms have been worse lately, it could be a dirty filter. When the filter is full, it means more allergens are still floating around in your house, making you suffer.
Sign #3: Inconsistent Temperatures
If you’ve noticed inconsistent cooling in your home recently, it could be from a dirty filter. When you have a clogged filter, the AC has to work overtime to pull air through. The harder it works, the less effective it is. A clean air filter will help make sure your HVAC system works the way it should.
If you notice any of these signs, be sure to change your air filter. For more tips or any questions or concerns, or if you still have issues, contact the pros at G+S Heating Air Energy Services for a service call to assess the situation.