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How often should you change your Ultravation air filter and why?

It is important to maintain your air filter regularly. If you don’t, you run the risk of straining the HVAC system, potentially causing costly repairs and re-polluting your indoor air.

Depending on your climate, a 5″ Ultravation ProgressiveMedia filter (which has 32 sq ft of pleated, filtering media) will last 6 months to a full year. But every home has different conditions, so be sure to begin checking your filter at about 6 months to determine the schedule best for you. If you live in a dusty or dry area, more frequent filter changes may be needed due to these environmental demands and your individual respiratory situation.

After 12 months, it does not matter where you live–you need to change the filter. By this time, the filter media will be very full and won’t be functioning well. A dirty filter wastes energy, as the HVAC system has to operate longer and work harder to pull the air through the filter.

If you are using our 1″ filter (which has 6 sq ft of pleated, filtering media), we recommend changing it once a month, but again, check it once in a while to make sure it isn’t filling up too quickly and disrupting airflow. Adjust your replacement schedule based on your individual and environmental circumstances.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact your HVAC contractor. They will have direct knowledge of your particular environmental circumstances.


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