Not many homeowners regularly think about the air filters in their homes. However, proper filter maintenance is essential for the longevity of your air conditioning components, and for the quality of air in your home. 

How Often Should I Change My A/C Air Filters?

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How dirty are YOUR air conditioner’s air filters?

When was the last time you changed the air filters in your home? Chances are, you might not be sure! Unfortunately that means its probably been too long, so you should change them ASAP. When it comes to changing air filters, you may hear differing opinions on what the best replacement regimen is, so we broke down some of the basics of maintaining your air filters!

Here at Total Comfort Cooling and Heating, we understand that every home is different, so how often you change your filters can have a lot to do with how things are in your particular home! While for optimal performance, we recommend monthly replacement of your filters, some houses may not need such frequent maintenance.

Your filters protect your air conditioner’s components from dust and debris, first and foremost. So if your home has pets, it is likely that your filters will require monthly replacement. This is also true if you have your A/C running the majority of the time, if your home is particularly dusty, you keep the doors and windows open often, or if you have children. Some homeowners with these situations look into washable filters, to avoid regular replacements. We do not recommend this option for a few reasons.

Washable filters are not as efficient as a standard filter, and they can harbor bacteria that will be carried throughout your entire home, putting your family at risk of getting sick. Additionally, this type of filter’s poor performance puts your A/C at risk of collecting dust on the components, which can lead to freezing and costly repairs.

If your home is child or pet free, and your fan is not on constantly, you may be able to wait every 90 days for filter changes!

When In Doubt, Call Total Comfort Cooling & Heating

If you need air conditioner maintenance or air conditioner repair in Macon, GA, call Total Comfort Cooling & Heating today at (478) 781-9107!