Ask Rick: Should I Be Changing My Air Filter More Frequently to Avoid Sarasota AC repair?

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Dear Rick:

I have heard that some people should be changing their air conditioning filters more frequently to avoid the need for Sarasota AC repair. However, I’ve always just changed my filter once per month, as my HVAC tech suggested when I first installed my system. Am I changing it often enough?

-Confused Sarasota Resident

Hi, Confused Sarasota Resident!

Your HVAC installer was pretty much right; the standard rule of thumb for changing your air filter is to change it once per month. For most Sarasota residents, this is perfectly fine, and helps reduce the possibility of needing Sarasota AC Repair.

However, you might need to change your filter more often under certain circumstances. If you have pets in your home, you might have noticed that their hair can end up everywhere. This means that their hair can also end up in your HVAC vents and ducts, and eventually, your filter. Since the hair can clog your filter and make it work less efficiently, it can be smart to change your filter more often.

Also, if you smoke in your home, you will probably want to change your filter more often. Although it won’t get rid of the smoke smell, it will help keep the odor down.

Lastly, if someone in your home has allergies, it can be a good idea to change your filters more often, especially during allergy season. Consider looking for a higher-quality HVAC filter that is designed for households like yours.

Overall, if none of these situations apply to you, once per month should be sufficient. If you have more questions or want to have your HVAC system looked at, contact us to find out more about our services.


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