Key Advice for Changing Filters Around Your Home

When was the last time you changed the filters throughout your home? If you can't remember, it is probably a good time to switch them out for new ones.

Filters serve an important purpose, as they help capture porous particles, such as dust and allergens, and prevent them from entering into the air you breathe, water you drink, and food you eat. Therefore, you'll want to replace the filters in your home regularly to ensure that contaminants, allergens, and food particles are staying put and not compromising your health. This routine home maintenance task should be prioritized, and we have key advice from our HHS facilities experts that'll make changing the filters in your home a quick and easy process.

Filters in Your Home That Should be Changed or Cleaned Often:

Air Filters*

Depending on the quality of the filters you buy, air filters are usually good for six months and will need to be changed within that time frame.  However, it is good practice to check your air filters on a monthly basis, especially if you have pets or have remodeled recently. If there is a good accumulation of dust or debris, change your filter sooner than the six month mark. It’s good practice to replace them on the first day of fall and spring since these are usually the seasons that reflect the heating and cooling period for your home. Make a note on your calendar or set a reminder in your phone so you don’t forget!

Water Filters*

Along with air filters, your refrigerator water filter should be changed every six months to keep contaminants out of your drinking water. Newer refrigerator models now have notifications letting you know when the filter needs to be changed which makes for easy reminders. When you replace your water filter, be sure to properly clean both your water and ice dispensers to help remove any bacteria or germs that have accumulated overtime.

Range Hood Filters*

Your range hood filter collects smoke, grease, and food particles that are dispersed during the cooking process. Regardless of whether you have a charcoal filter or stainless-steel outer filter, these items need to be cleaned every six to 12 months to reduce the spread of contaminants.

*Filters are all different, for the best results follow the manufacturer’s recommendations on the packaging.