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“How Often Should I Change My Air Filter?”

question-markDo you ever find yourself lying under the vent in your home cooling off on a nice summer afternoon, when a sudden sense of unease washes over you? You can’t remember the last time that you changed your home’s air filter. In fact, you can’t even remember the last time you thought about it or even considered it.

Now, this is a problem, but it’s nothing you should break a sweat over because it’s something that can be done relatively easily. If you can’t remember the last time that you scheduled an appointment with our professionals, then it is time for you to do so now. Keep reading to find out some vital air filter information too. We have everything you need because we specialize in HVAC service in Orland Park, IL.

Answering Your Question

So let’s get to the answer to the question that we asked in the title: How often should you change the air filter you’ve got at home? The general rule of thumb is about 90 days or once a season. This is the frequency that has been proven to keep a home in amazing shape. But there is a little wiggle room with this too. Certain factors like the type of air filter, the frequency of use in a home, the occupancy of a home, the number of pets, or even construction can change the answer.

So let’s get into the details. If you have a standard 1 inch to 3-inch air filter, then it’s a great idea for you to stick to the 90-day standard. If you live in an average suburban home with no pets, then you can also abide by the 90-day rule. If you live in a bustling city, close to a downtown area, or you’ve got a dog, a cat, or any other animal, you’re probably going to need to change your filter closer to every 60 days. If you’ve got a family member with persistent allergy issues or medical complications that affect their respiratory system, you’re going to need to change your filter even more frequently—around every 45 days.

It really varies from house to house. If you think that your house has some special circumstances, you’re going to want to call our professionals. We’re the only ones who can perform the pertinent calculations and tell you the right frequency of air filter changes for your home.

Always Rely on a Professional

You can change your air filter on your own. In fact, this is one of the only things that we suggest you do on your own when it comes to your HVAC system. We’re not discouraging you from doing this, but we want you to know that it’s important for you to come to a professional for anything more complicated than this. You need professional service to keep your home in amazing shape. Schedule an appointment for what you need with our professional team.

Contact Johansen & Anderson Inc today to schedule an appointment with our professionals. Call J&A today, sleep tight tonight.

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