Do your air filters need cleaning? The answer is probably YES! Your air filters need to be replaced or cleaned or replaced on a regular basis. If you feel like the air quality in your home is worsening, then cleaning your air filter might be what you need. Another telltale sign that your filters may be dirty is if your electrical bill is higher than previous months, despite the same usage.
A few factors come into play depending on your air filter model, the number of pets in your home, household size, air pollution levels, and the indoor air quality of your home.
It is recommended that basic 1”-3” air filters are changed every 30-60 days. Of course there are multiple caveats to this. Allergy sufferers may want to consider replacing their air filters more frequently. Another option is to install a better quality air filter. If you have one pet in your home, it is recommended you change the air filters every 60 days. However, if there is more than one pet living in your home or if someone residing in your home has more severe allergies, you should change the air filters between every 20-45 days.
If you live in a more rural location, you may be able to get by with just changing your air filters once a year. The same is true for a less occupied home.
A home that is considered a vacation home with no regular occupancy, a home with a single occupant, a home with no pets, or a home with no allergy concerns can have their air filters changed every 6-12 months.
If you live in an average suburban household without pets or allergy concerts, we recommend changing the air filters in your home every 90 days.