Air filters in any application need to be changed regularly to ensure your systems are working optimally and with the best performance possible. Each air filter and system have different requirements, depending on the use, size, type, and environment.
If an air filter is dirty or gets clogged with dust and debris, the entire air filtration system has to work harder to push air through the filter. This means a shorter system life and parts can break down more easily. Because air isn’t moving as smoothly or quickly through the system, it’s easy for particles to get stuck in ducts or other parts because the air isn’t strong enough to trap them in the filter. This means expensive duct cleaning, system maintenance, and the potential for other clogs and difficult problems.
Replacing an air filter regularly means your air filtration system will have a longer life and work more efficiently, saving you money on energy and maintenance costs.
How to Know When to Change an Air Filter
Each air filter has different requirements for when and how to change it, depending on the environment, material, and type of filter it is.
If you’re working in an environment with animals, a construction area, a laboratory, or with dangerous chemicals, air filter replacement is critical. You will have to change your air filter often and regularly to ensure it’s working properly.
In other settings, like a warehouse or office, replacing an air filter still needs to be done regularly even if there aren’t dangerous or large particles in the air. If you delay replacing them, you will notice a change in air quality or an increase in sickness and allergies. This is often a sign that your air filters need to be changed.
Industry Example: Cabin Air Filters
APC designs and manufactures cabin air filters for vehicles that face a variety of environmental conditions. Cabin air filters, whether for a passenger vehicle, military vehicle, or off-road equipment, need to be changed regularly. If not, there are some immediate negative effects that are apparent.
There will be a reduced air flow of the cabin climate control system, meaning your fans won’t be working as powerfully and you’ll hear a lot more noise. There can also be bad odors that are impossible to get rid of, as well as an increase in sickness or allergies. In harsher or more demanding environments where things like smoke or VOCs need to be filtered, the effectiveness of the air filter could be compromised, putting the operator in danger.
Cabin air filters should be changed every 12000 to 15000 miles, or annually, in most environments. If the vehicle is operating in a highly polluted or harsh area, like a large city, a dusty desert, a construction zone, or any off-road environment, they will likely have to be changed more than once per year.
When you change your cabin air filter, often you can visually see that it needs to be changed. They will often turn grey and look dusty, sometimes you could even see bugs, twigs, or other particles lodged inside them. Depending on your environment, the filters may look clean but could still be clogged with dust or pollen that isn’t easily seen. Air filter replacement is still necessary in this situation.
Air filter replacement is necessary for the proper maintenance of your air filtration system and to prevent problems. Make sure to check the requirements of the filter, as well as the filter itself, to know when you should change it.
For all your air filtration projects and needs, contact APC Filtration. We can answer your questions and find an air filtration solution that’s right for your business!