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Why Does My Air Filter Get Dirty So Fast?

May 21, 2021

Why Does My Air Filter Get Dirty So Fast?


Your HVAC air filter plays an essential role in keeping the air clean and healthy in your home. Thus, it is crucial to understand when it’s time to replace the old dirty air filter with a new air filter on a regular basis. On average, an air filter should be replaced every 30 to 90 days. The frequency of changing your air filter depends on many factors such as if you have pets in the home, if you have allergies, and if you have children. If you find that you are always replacing your air filter more often than usual, it may be helpful to understand why. With that being said, here are the top reasons why your air filter may be getting dirty so fast.

Using Products in the Home that Produce Soot

Sometimes the air filter in your home may need to be changed more often than others. This is especially true in the rooms where you or your family members burn candles or operate gas water heaters throughout the year. Also, since soot is a by-product of both of these activities, you need to know what you can do to minimize these issues well in advance. For example, you may want to only burn candles that have been made from all-natural ingredients (i.e. soy, vegetable oils, etc). 

Thermostat is Set to “On”

If your thermostat is set to “on”, this means that your fan is running non-stop, even if your home is not being heated or cooled. A frequently running system means that more dust, dirt, and other contaminates are being caught. This may seem like a positive thing because contaminates are being filtered out, but it will require your filter to be changed more often. It is most recommended to have your thermostat set to “auto” in order for your HVAC system to function when needed. 

Growth of Mold 

Another reason your air filter may getting dirty faster than normal can be due to mold growth. Based on the situation, you may find these issues within the air handler. When this occurs, we recommend you schedule an appointment with one of our certified technicians from A-Plus Quality, HVAC services in the Greater Toronto Area, to inspect your unit and resolve the issue. 

Clogged with Pet Dander

Since pet dander cannot pass effectively or efficiently through your air filters, you need to pay close attention to the air quality problems that they cause. One of the most notable is the state of the air filter after a short period of time. For instance, lack of proper prevention of dirt, dust, and debris. If you have a pet, it is best to change your air filter every month. 

A healthy home requires a clean air filter. If you are experiencing any HVAC issues, our team at A-Plus Quality, HVAC services in the Greater Toronto Area, can be of helpful assistance. Contact us today to schedule an HVAC appointment! 

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