How often should I change my air filter at home?

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How regularly you should change your air filters might depend on the following:

  • Air filter kind
  • Total indoor air quality
  • Number of pets
  • Household size
  • Air pollution levels and construction around the residence

For basic 1"–3" air filters, manufacturers typically instruct you to change them every 30–60 days. If you deal with from light to moderate allergies, you could get a better air filter or replace them even more frequently.

Or, if you live a more country spot or less occupied home (like a vacation home) and there are not as many cars around, annually could be regular enough.

Here are averages that may help you know how often you should get a new air filter at home:

  • Vacation home or single occupant and no pets or allergies: every 6–12 months
  • Common suburban house without pets: every 90 days
  • One dog or cat: every 60 days
  • More than one pet or if anyone has allergies: 20–45 days