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The Importance of Changing Your Home's Air Filter

Wednesday, July 03, 2024

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Maintaining your home’s HVAC system involves more than just setting the thermostat to your desired temperature. One of the simplest and most effective steps homeowners can take is regularly changing their air filter. This small task can have a big impact on your indoor air quality, energy efficiency, and overall comfort.

Why Changing Your Air Filter Matters

Improved Air Quality

Your HVAC system’s air filter plays a crucial role in trapping dust, pollen, pet dander, and other airborne particles. Over time, these particles can accumulate and clog the filter, reducing its effectiveness. A clean air filter ensures that the air circulating in your home remains free from these contaminants, providing a healthier environment for you and your family.

Enhanced Energy Efficiency

When your air filter is clogged, your HVAC system has to work harder, which can increase energy usage and lead to higher utility bills. By replacing the air filter on a regular basis, you ensure that your system operates efficiently, saving you energy which can save you money.

Prolonged HVAC System Lifespan

A clean air filter helps maintain airflow within your HVAC system, reducing the risk of it freezing over and system malfunctions. Regularly changing the filter can extend the life of your HVAC system, preventing costly repairs and replacements down the line.

How Often Should You Change Your Air Filter?

The frequency with which you should change your air filter depends on several factors, including the type of filter you use, the size of your home, and whether you have pets or allergies. Here are some general guidelines:

Standard filters (1-3 months): These are the most common filters and should be replaced every 1-3 months.

High-efficiency filters (6-12 months): These filters have a longer lifespan but should still be checked regularly (monthly).

Homes with pets or allergies (1-2 months): If you have pets or family members with allergies, consider changing the filter more frequently to maintain optimal air quality.

Check ANY Air Filter ONCE per MONTH (Put an alarm on your phone as a reminder)

Steps to Change Your Air Filter

Changing your air filter is a straightforward process that most homeowners can handle. Follow these simple steps to ensure a successful replacement:

Turn off your HVAC system: Safety first! Make sure your system is turned off before you begin.

Locate the filter: The air filter is usually located in the return air duct or at the blower compartment.

Remove the old filter: Carefully remove the old filter, taking note of the direction of airflow indicated by arrows on the frame.

Insert the new filter: Insert the new filter, ensuring it is oriented correctly according to the airflow arrows.

Turn the system back on: Once the new filter is securely in place, turn your HVAC system back on.


Regularly changing your home’s air filter is a simple yet critical task that can significantly improve your indoor air quality, enhance energy efficiency, and prolong the life of your HVAC system. At Simmons One Hour Heating and Air, we are committed to providing quality service and ensuring your home remains comfortable year-round. For personalized advice or assistance with your HVAC needs, don't hesitate to contact our all-pro team.

​Ready to take the next step in maintaining your home’s comfort? Book a consultation with one of our experienced technicians today!

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Hi, I'm Derek Cole

GM, Simmons One Hour Heating and Air

With a career spanning over two decades in the HVAC industry, Derek Cole has climbed his way to becoming General Manager of Simmons One Hour. His impressive journey was recognized by News magazine who awarded him Top 40 under 40 honors, as well as Entrepreneur Magazine's Franchise Player Spotlight feature. Notable networks such as CBS, FOX and NBC have also featured him discussing home comfort tips on their programs while publications like Huffington Post and Bloomberg Business highlight his success story with One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® .

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