2 Common Questions About Your HVAC System's Air Filter

If you have a forced air heating or cooling system in your home, there will be an air filter hidden away somewhere. This part plays a key role in your HVAC system since all air must pass through a filter before it reaches the rest of your home. That filter is will help remove all of the dander, dust, and dirt that was in the before it was heated or cooled again. Without the filter, the air quality of your home will become poor and potentially affect those living with you. Here are some common questions you might have about the HVAC system's air filter.

Does The Filter Need Frequent Replacement?

There are many factors that go into how frequently the air filter should be replaced. Two of those variables are the type of filter that you have and how often you run your HVAC system.

If you have a really basic filter, it may only last as long as a month before it becomes clogged and inefficient. If you have a thicker filter, it's possible to get several months out of it. When the HVAC system is not running, you don't need to change the air filter. This means that if you live in a region where you just use your furnace because the summers are not that bad, you don't have to worry about replacing the filter during the spring, summer, and fall.

In addition, owning pets can put additional wear on your air filter since there will likely be a lot more hair and pet dander that it needs to filter out of the air before it goes back into your home. Those without pets may need less frequent filter changing. In general, you can remove the filter and look at it to determine if it needs replacement.

Does The Type Of Filter Matter When Replacing It?

DIfferent HVAC systems will require different types of filters since it is not always a one-size-fits-all situation. For example, if your HVAC system requires a larger filter, putting a smaller filter in may cause gaps around the filter where dust is managing to sneak past the filter. It is a good idea to write down what kind of filter you have before you had about to a local home improvement store to find a new one. You can't go wrong with getting the exact same type of filter that you're already using.

For more information, contact a company like Polar Aire Heating & Cooling Inc.