How often should I change my air filter at home?

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

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

For basic 1"–3" air filters, manufacturers typically direct 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 change them even more regularly.

Or, if you're in a more remote location or less occupied residence (like a vacation house) and there are not as many cars around, every year might be regular enough.

Here are averages that might help you figure out how regularly you should replace the air filter at your residence:

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