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How Long Does an Air Filter Last?

We talk a lot about air purification systems and air conditioners on this blog, but we don’t give nearly enough attention to air filters.

Air filtration systems go through a lot of abuse. While homeowners might understand that cleaning an air filter is a regular practice, those air filter systems also don’t last forever. In fact, an air filter will start to lose effectiveness after about five years, and depending on the type of air filtration system, you’ll see more contaminants in your air as a result.

We’re not saying this to scare you or make you think your air filter is falling apart. Instead, we’d like to take this as an opportunity for you to invest in air filter replacement in Brampton, ON that takes care of your air like your old one used to.

We’re Not Just Talking About Changing Your Filter

Sure, changing out an air filter and regularly cleaning it is a must. However, air filtration systems themselves have a certain lifespan before they just become less effective.

Think of it this way—when you change the oil on your car, you’re essentially providing maintenance so that it keeps running. But eventually, it doesn’t matter how often you change out the oil, your car will break down. An air filtration system is the same way–no matter what, the contaminants that go through the system are bound to reduce its efficacy and cause it to be worn down.

Don’t worry, you’ll likely notice when this is happening, either because the system doesn’t work as well anymore or it’s causing your air to feel stuffy and your HVAC system to be stifled.

How Long Does It Last?

An air filtration system can last about five years in perfect condition. However, we say this with a huge caveat. The lifespan of this system is going to depend heavily on the following factors:

  • How many contaminants are in your air? If you’ve got an exceptionally large home, or if you’re the victim of more contaminants than usual, then your air filter will likely be strained and won’t last as long as normal.
  • The materials of the filter. Certain high-quality filters lose their efficacy at a much later point than other filter systems built with cheaper materials.
  • How much it’s been cleaned. If your air filter has never been maintained by a professional, then it could be damaged or dirty beyond repair.

Consider Upgrading Your Filter

As with all system replacements, this is more of an opportunity than a detriment. Your air filter was never going to last forever, and the fact that you’re starting to think about the quality of air in your home means you’re poised to make some great changes going forward.

Consider investing in a newer, more high-quality air filtration system that is bound to clean your indoor air to a better degree. The systems being manufactured now are much more efficient and effective than ones from 10 or 15 years ago.

Call Peatson’s Heating and Air Conditioning Ltd. to invest in a new air filtration system!

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