Spring is a fun time for most, but dreaded for others. Most will go outside and enjoy the wonderful weather and blue skies, while other people (like myself) will stay inside and count down the days till winter again.
Some though, stay inside due to harsh allergies during the season, and that's a big bummer for them. But you'll notice that just because you're safe inside, doesn't mean you've gotten rid of all those pesky allergens!
Your HVAC System can help you out too! You know what I'm talking about right? That thing in the corner of your basement or laundry room that goes unnoticed 99.9% of the time? Yep...that's the one!
Well that thing actually has a filtration system built into it that should be maintained regularly. This segues us into:
- Change your Air Filter each Daylight Savings Period
Okay, okay...so this is kinda a late warning for some people. I'm sorry! But, better late than never. Depending on the type of filter that you choose, you can be looking at replacing at a recommended rate of either monthly or every six months. I set the Daylight Saving's period as a rule at my house just because it's one of those events that I can't possible forget, or risk the cataclysm that would result from me being off an entire hour! It helps keep the air running smoothly and clean, and me running on time!
- Assess your air quality needs
Are you sharing the house with kids who have rampant allergies during the spring months? Or perhaps with your fuzzy comrade Mr. Kitten? Taking a look at your living situation will go a long way to helping you figure out the right filter that you'll need for your house. No sense in worrying about filtering pet dander if it's just you and your pet rock in the bachelor pad; however you may want to look at the next point.
- Assess your air quality wants
Ah, wants and needs, such a fine line. For this, take a look at what you'd like to get out of your house. Not too crazy about all the dust that's been collecting on your table lately? Investing in a more premium filter can help eliminate larger dust particulates and other airborne messes, and save you the worry. This can also help out the smokers of the house to cut down on that oh-so-unpleasant odor that you'd rather not have lingering about.
The charts below helps put what I've been saying into a more visual way. The numbers to the side represent FPR (Filter Performance Rating) and the higher the number  the better the air quality for you!
You can view this chart, as well as more info about Air Filter types and sizes over at our Air Filter Buying Guide page.
Oh, and you can also check out this wonderful video staring everyone's favorite Jay, Mr. Jay!