A client from West Hollywood, CA, called Pioneers Heating and Air to ask about air conditioning filter replacement. They had noticed that their air conditioner was not cooling as it usually did and thought it might be time to change the AC filter. We immediately scheduled the appointment to come and swap out the old one. We also offered them an affordable bi-annual maintenance program, which they signed up for.
Air conditioning systems are significant technological innovations that keep us cool during hot summer. Their filters, however, are the unsung hero. They keep indoor air cool and clean at the same time. Furthermore, filters keep our lungs healthy when indoor pollution is on the rise.
AC filters are often overlooked as they keep your home comfortable. However, they can accumulate dust and dirt over time and reduce your AC's cooling efficiency. If you want to maintain your lungs' health and the cooling capacity of your AC, it is best to change your filters regularly.
Depending on the type of filter and your allergies, you may need to replace your filters every 30 to 60 days or more often. For example, if you have no allergies, replace your standard 1 to 3-inch air filters every 30 to 60 days. Change filters more often if you have light to moderate allergies, around every three weeks.
Pets can have a significant impact on the air quality in your home. Below is a general guide for changing the AC air filter according to the number of pets:
• Change every 6-12 months for rarely used homes or single-occupant homes without pets.
• Change every 90 days in a typical suburban home without pets.
• Change every 60 days if there is a dog or cat.
• Change every 30-45 days if multiple pets are present.
Expect to replace the filter every month for each shedding dog you have. The same is true for cats, though they do not shed as much as dogs. You may not need to change your air filter often if you have a hypoallergenic or non-shedding dog or cat.
If you do not have any pets or allergies, you can change your air filters every 6 to 12 months. But if your home is crowded with occupants, you may want to change them more often, every 20 to 45 days, for better air quality.
Although vehicle pollution is often lower in rural areas, construction projects can generate dust and raise pollution levels. Therefore, you are recommended to replace your air filter every 30 to 60 days if you live on a heavily traveled roadway.
Unfiltered air will cause your HVAC system to work harder and wear out faster. Furthermore, if you have an older air conditioning system, it is recommended that you replace the filter more frequently to maintain air quality.
Never let dirty AC filters reduce the comfort in your home or increase your energy bills. Let Pioneers Heating and Air replace your dirty AC filters! As your local HVAC service company, we are here to assist you with all of your AC maintenance needs. We offer AC filter replacement as part of our regular HVAC service.
At Pioneers Heating and Air, we understand that your air conditioner is an essential part of your home, and we want to help you keep it running smoothly. We are based in South Pasadena and serve the entire San Gabriel Valley. To schedule a service appointment, please get in touch with us right away!