How often should AC filters be changed at home?


clean ac filter dirty ac filterReally… the question should be… “How often should AC filters be changed at home & what is the best type of home air conditioner filter?”


How often should filters be changed at home?

It all depends on your budget of course and the type of ac filters you purchase and install. Certain filters are more efficient than others. Filters may need more frequent attention if the air conditioner is in constant use, is subjected to dusty conditions, or you have fur-bearing pets in the house. So the general rule is every 30 to 60 days.

What is the best home AC filter?

At AirVantage, our recommendation for buying the best AC filter for your home or small business is to spend the extra money and purchase a filter with a high MERV rating. MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Values. The MERV rating is an indicator for a filter’s capacity to capture larger particles between 0.3 and 10 microns (µm). This value is helpful in comparing the performance of different filters.

Should I clean or replace my HVAC filter? 

Does it really do any good to clean my throw-away filter? The answer depends on the type of filter you have. AirVantage’s recommendation is disposable filters should be thrown away once they become dirty or clogged. These filters are cheap (most cost between $1-4) and have cardboard frames that won’t stand up to water sprayed on them..

Reasons for purchasing the better filters range from helping control allergies, managing pet hair and dandruff, longer air conditioner life, and energy savings.

AC Filters Worth Considering:

  1. Best Overall: Honeywell Elite Allergen Pleated FPR 10 Replacement Air Filter.
  2. Best Overall: FilterBuy Gold MERV 11.
  3. Best Overall: Trophy Air Electrostatic Washable Air Filter.
  4. Best Overall: AIRx Allergy MERV 11 Pleated Filter.

Does good filter management save money in the long run?

According to Consumer Reports… “Heating and cooling probably constitutes a big part of your utility bill. But it’s one small thing—the air filter—that keeps the entire central air system humming along. A dirty filter can restrict airflow, preventing the system from working like it’s supposed to, and that can eventually lead to an equipment breakdown. If you’re getting low airflow, check the air filter—a clogged filter is one of the most common reasons.”

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