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Air Filter Replacement


Boise Heating & CoolingWhy is it Important to Change my Filters on a Timely Basis?

The frequency of Air Filter Replacements is best determined by a heating and cooling professional. Heating and cooling units differ in size and output.

A licensed heating and cooling expert can assist with determining how often filters should be changed based on the specification of your unit. This is based on the size of the home vs. the size of the heating and cooling unit. Some homes have dual systems due to the home’s custom built size.

It is important to change your filters on a timely basis to avoid reducing the heating and cooling unit’s operating efficiency. The unit has to work harder to provide heating and cooling when the filter becomes clogged with dust particles. This is often the cause of damage to the unit that may require costly repairs.

Climate Affects Timely Change of Filter

The other factor of importance in the frequency of changing filters is use. Heating units in some certain climates get more use due to early colder temperatures. The reverse is true in high heat climates where cooling units are used sooner and more often. The other issue is the type of filter the unit requires. Today’s filters are manufactured for longer wear, efficiency and durability. HEPA filters are todays most popular. HEPA filters provide more protection from airborne allergens. This results in higher levels of indoor air quality. Filters are sold in a wide range of sizes that meet heating and cooling unit standards.

How Often Should it be Replaced?

Air FilterWhen all of the specifications of the unit, the size of the home or commercial building and the volume of use are considered, filters should be replaced when they appear to be coated with dust particles. The volume of dust depends on how well maintained air ducts are.

Filters need to be replaced more often when air ducts have not been properly and regularly cleaned. When air ducts are maintained, filters are changed less often, depending on the type of filter fabric. It’s best to consult with a heating and cooling professional on the best type of filter fabric for your particular unit.

Change Your Filters or Replace Them?

Air quality within a home or commercial building emits a dusty odor or increases allergens in air streams. This is a sign your filter needs to be changed or replaced.

Does your Boise home need urgent air filter replacement? Dial (208) 466-9447 now to contact Wickstrom Plumbing Heating & Cooling’s top notch services. 

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Importance of Changing Your Air Filter

AC Filter InstallationThe single most important thing you can do to prolong the life of your HVAC unit is change your air filter in a timely manner. A large amount of HVAC service calls are the result of a clogged air filter. This is because a dirty air filter causes dirt and dust to build up on important parts of your Air Conditioning or Heating Unit. When these parts become clogged with dust, dirt and grime a number of problems result; including system failure.

The cost of a service call and repair and replacement of a heating or cooling unit can be very high. The cost and time involved in changing a filter regularly is minimal in comparison.

Keeping the filters in your HVAC units clean is about more than the cost or inconvenience of a broken unit, however. Dirty air filters block the air flow in the unit. This causes the unit to work harder and longer to keep your home at a comfortable temperature; resulting in higher heating and cooling costs.

The dust build up will start to make its way back into the home. All of the mold, pollen, dust mites and other dirt and allergens will have no other place to go than back into the home. If someone in the home has allergies, this is especially worrisome.

The average life of an air filter is 30-90 days. While leaving a filter in longer than three months is a bad idea regardless of the situation; it should be changed more frequently if pets, allergies or tobacco are factors in the household.

AC Filter Replacement in BoiseIf allergies are present in the home, it is recommended that the type of filter be upgraded and changed every 6-7 weeks. If there are pets occupying the home, especially if more than one pet is present; filters should be checked every 4 weeks and changed a minimum of every 8 weeks. Other factors that should be taken into consideration are tobacco use, air pollution around the home, and construction or remodeling projects inside or outside the home.

Changing air filters in a timely fashion will prolong the life of your HVAC unit, lesson the amount of repairs needed, and improve the air quality in your home.

Are you in need of an AC filter change? Call Wickstrom Plumbing Heating & Cooling at (208) 466-9447 today for top-notch services in the Boise area.