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Why Does My Home’s Air Filter Get Dirty So Quickly?

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Does it feel like you just replaced your home’s air filter yesterday, yet you find yourself changing your air filter once again? Why is this happening?

There are many factors that play into how often you should change your air filter and why your home’s air filter is getting dirty so quickly.

Top Factors:

  • The type of air filter you’re using.
  • You have pets in your home.
  • You have leaky air ducts.

Type of air filter you’re using

1 inch pleated air filters are one of the most common air filters used, and if you do use this, you may be finding yourself having to change your air filter much more often. 1 inch pleated filters get dirty quickly because they’re as fine as a fish net with very small gaps. These filters catch everything small and big, but that also means they fill up faster. Consider switching to a disposable fiberglass filter, thicker pleated filter, electrostatic, or HEPA filter.

Pleated filters are made from polyester or paper material and come in a variety of widths from 1 to 6 inches thick. Consider choosing a pleated filter with a higher thickness level.

Fiberglass filters are typically 1” thick and made from spun fiberglass. Fiberglass filters typically need to be replaced about once a month.

Electrostatic filters technically never need to be replaced because they can be washed. These filters trap air contaminants between positively and negatively charged materials. It is recommended that you vacuum or wash electrostatic filters at least once a month.

HEPA filters are used in most home air purifying systems and should be replaced every 12-18 months.

You have pets

Furry pets can quickly clog up your air filter with hair, dirt and pet dander.

You have leaky air ducts

Leaks in your air ducts can introduce dust and dirt from your attic. The more dirt brought in by your leaky air ducts, the more dirt your air filter accumulates.

What happens if the air filter is dirty in my Dayton area home?

A dirty air filter can cause an array of problems in your Dayton area home, from lack of adequate ventilation to causing additional dust and dirt to accumulate on your home’s surfaces. A dirty filter is most likely to cause your AC unit to have to work overtime, running up your bills without making you cooler. If your air filter is dirty or you’d like someone to check your air filter, contact us today. 

What are the signs of a dirty air filter?

Some signs of a dirty air filter include:

  • Reduced air flow from the vents.
  • Less adequate cooling. 
  • Reduced indoor air quality. 
  • Higher energy bills. 

When your filter is dirty, it is harder for air to pass through the filter to your vents, making it so there is less air flow, less cooling air and your AC is working harder for less effect. If you suspect your air filter is dirty, you should call a skilled HVAC technician to inspect and tune-up your unit. To schedule AC maintenance, contact us today. 

Why does my home air filter get dirty so fast?

Your air filter gets dirty because it is a net through which all airborne contaminants in your home’s air travel. Just like a fishing net, all dust, dirt, hair and other particles get caught in the filter as they pass through. Air filters with one-inch pleats get dirty faster because the smaller pleats catch more particles. 

If you’re concerned about your home’s air filter, you should call for an AC maintenance tune-up immediately. Contact Drake about an AC tune-up today. 

For more on what you can do to increase the amount of time in between filter changes contact Drake Heating & Air. Life gets busy, we know. It's common for things like changing your air filter to slip through the cracks. If you’re one who forgets to change your filter, sign up for a heating and cooling maintenance plan with a qualified heating and cooling company. Ignoring your dirty air filter can cause a whole lot of problems, including: air flow issues, cooling inefficiency, skyrocketing power bills and health issues.

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