Everything You Need to Know About Air Filters10/05/2016One of the most important parts of proper HVAC maintenance is changing your air filters. Your air filter keeps your system operating efficiently and is also an important part of boosting and maintaining your indoor air quality. The EPA has noted that the air inside your home can be 2-5 times more polluted than the air in highly developed cities. We spend a lot of our times inside, so your air filter is on the front line for boosting indoor air quality. So what else do we need to understand when it comes to air filters? Filter Replacement The most basic way to tell you out how often to exchange your filter would be, whenever it’s dirty. Of course, we don’t want you to have to check your filter’s cleanliness every day, so a general rule is every 1-2 months for the best results. The frequency you have to swap out your filter is determined by a host of factors. If you have pets in your house or a lot of guests and occupants, you’ll need to swap out your filter more regularly. Follow your filter provider’s recommendation on how often to change your filter as the advice depends on a host of factors in your home. A filthy filter will also mean your system has to run harder, longer. This will cause your utility bills to go up and it can unfavorably impact the life of your system. Built up grime and system neglect are two of the leading causes of system failure. This system damage is totally avoidable with annual maintenance, including regularly swapping out your air filters. Regularly swapping out your air filter is a simple thing to do and also an easy thing to forget about. If it’s been a while since you’ve taken a look at the status of your filter, consider this post your cue. We are always here to help you breathe healthier and easier. If you have any questions about boosting your indoor air quality give the team at Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. a call at 803-796-9172 or arrange an appointment with us online.