Thanks to a home air filter, a pretty homeowner enjoys clean air and a coffee in her clean kitchen.

Your home air filter is only a small part of your heating and cooling systems—but it’s a powerful one. So why is it so important? The experts at RJ Heating and Air Conditioning are sharing the answer below. Discover the ins and outs of your in-home air filter and call us at 414-463-1140 with questions.

How Do Air Filters Work?

Depending on your home comfort setup, your air filter can be located in a few different places. Most commonly, it slides in between your air ducts and your furnace. As air passes through it, airborne contaminants like dirt, dust, and even viruses and bacteria get trapped in the filter’s fibers. So, by the time the filtered air reaches you, it’s as clean and pollutant-free as can be.

Are Air Filters Really That Important?

Yes! According to the Environmental Protection Agency, your home can be two to five times more polluted than the air outside. While you may not notice those contaminants around the house, you could be breathing them in and getting sick. Air conditioner and furnace filters remove those pollutants from the equation. By taking care of your filter (and following the rule below), you can help take care of your family’s health.

Remember to Replace Your Filter Regularly

Over time, all those contaminants your filter catches will clog the fibers, making it difficult for air to pass through. Not only does that mean more pollutants circulating your home, but it also means your heating and cooling systems will work harder to push air past the blockages. That can put unnecessary stress on the units and potentially cause them to break down.

To keep your air clean and your systems happy, it’s important to change your filter on a regular basis. For standard one-inch filters, swap them out every one to three months. If you have thicker, high-efficiency filters, you can change them every six to 12 months.

Need Help? RJ Heating Can Help You Find the Best Home Air Filter

From home air filter installation to helping you decide which one to buy, RJ Heating is here to solve all your comfort problems—as a Carrier® dealer, we have the answers you’re looking for. All you have to do is pick up the phone: 414-463-1140 (or contact us online).