According to the government experts at EnergyStar, the answer is no. Their recommendation is to change your air filter every 30 days – regardless of the size of your home or apartment’s furnace. Changing your air filter every 30 days will ensure that your home’s air quality is kept top notch, and as a component of recommended furnace maintenance, it helps to protect your unit from breaking down.
If your air filter is dirty, everything beyond the filter is going to be dirty too, and this includes the air you are breathing. Your home’s pumps will be chock full of allergens and dust. An air filter is responsible for keeping debris and pollution out of your home’s AC system, which ensures efficient and proper operation. If your filter is dirty, it is going to slow down the air’s circulation. This makes your home’s AC work harder to cool it, and the furnace work harder to heat it.
This is why regularly changing your air filter is a recommended part of furnace maintenance. Air conditioning units require a certain amount of internal airflow to work efficiently, and if this requirement isn’t met, your system can malfunction and fail. Not only does this waste energy, but it can also result in significantly higher energy bills. Because of the reduced air flow and difference in cooling efficiency, your AC must work much harder to cool your home, which means it needs more power to operate. You may not realize just how much money can be saved by simply changing your air filter.
Although some will say that the size of your home dictates how often your air filter should be changed, this is a common misconception. Regardless of whether you live in a studio apartment or a three bedroom home, it is just as important to regularly change air filter.
If your furnace is in need of maintenance or repair, trust the experts, and contact All Heating and Cooling today!