How often should I change my air filter at home?

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How frequently you should replace your air filters may depend on the following:

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

For basic 1"–3" air filters, manufacturers usually direct you to replace them every 30–60 days. If you have from light to moderate allergies, you could install a better air filter or get new ones even more regularly.

Or, if you're in a more country area or less occupied home (like a vacation residence) and there are not as many cars around, yearly might be often enough.

Here are averages that could help you figure out how often you should get a new air filter at your residence:

  • Vacation residence or one occupant and no pets or allergies: every 6–12 months
  • Ordinary 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