This is a question we get a lot at FilterBuy. The answer, unfortunately, is not as cut and dry as we would like it to be. It really depends on a few factors, including the type of air filter you have, the environment in which you live, and your family’s health. In this blog post, we will explore all of these factors and help you come up with a replacement schedule that works best for you and your family.
The first thing you need to take in to consideration is the type of air filter you have. The three most common types of air filters are pleated air filters, activated carbon filters, and HEPA filters.
Pleated air filters are the most common type of air filter. They are made of pleated paper and can be used in a variety of HVAC systems. The lifespan of a pleated air filter depends on the environment in which it is used. In a clean environment, a pleated air filter can last up to three months. In a dusty environment, a pleated air filter should be replaced every month.
Activated carbon filters are made of activated carbon, which is a type of charcoal that has been treated to make it more porous. Activated carbon filters are great at removing odors and VOCs (volatile organic compounds) from the air. However, they are not as effective at removing dust and other particulates from the air. Activated carbon filters should be replaced every six months.
HEPA filters are the most effective type of air filter at removing dust, pollen, and other particulates from the air. HEPA filters are often used in hospitals and other clean environments. The lifespan of a HEPA filter depends on the environment in which it is used. In a clean environment, a HEPA filter can last up to one year. In a dusty environment, a HEPA filter should be replaced every three months.
The environment in which you live
The environment in which you live is another important factor to consider when determining how often to replace your air filter. If you live in a clean environment, you can get away with replacing your air filter less often. However, if you live in a dusty environment, you will need to replace your air filter more often.
Your family‘s health
Another important factor to consider is your family’s health. If anyone in your family has asthma or allergies, you will need to replace your air filter more often. This is because dust and other particulates can trigger asthma and allergy attacks.
So, how often should you replace your air filter?
As we mentioned, the answer to this question depends on a few factors. We recommend that you check your air filter every month and replace it as needed.