How often should I change my air filter at home?

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How regularly you should install new air filters could depend on the following:

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

For basic 1"–3" air filters, manufacturers usually instruct you to change them every 30–60 days. If you have from light to moderate allergies, you could upgrade the air filter or replace them even more regularly.

Or, if you're in a more country location or less occupied house (like a vacation house) and there are a reduced number of cars around, each year might be regular enough.

Here are averages that might help you figure out how often you should replace the air filter at home:

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