We’ve all been there. A stuffy office setting where the windows may only open slightly or may not open at all. Constantly having air flow running through the HVAC system, whether hot or cold, means that particles are always getting caught in the air filters. That’s exactly what they’re for — to catch dust and particles that would otherwise float around the office. With constant use air filters can get clogged up and be less effective as well as put undue strain on your HVAC system.
When should the air filters be changed in an office?
Unlike home air filters you may use for your HVAC system that only require to be changed every 6-12 months, office HVAC air filters should be checked and possibly replaced every 2 months. The frequency of which air filters should be checked and changed can be determined by the kind of HVAC system you have. Some manufacturers suggest more or less time between changes. Industrial facilities may probably need to change out their air filters once a month. You should speak with a licensed HVAC technician for your office to figure out how often your air filter should be maintained.
How do I know when to change them?
Just like at home, you want to change the air filters in your office when they get dirty. If you work in an office with a lot of paper dust, you may find that this happens more frequently than in an office without. Air quality and number of occupants in the office can shorten the amount of time you can go on an old air filter. If you start seeing people sneezing a lot in the office, or your electricity bill is high and you don’t know why, it may be time to check out your air filter and consider changing it!
How can I remember to change my office’s air filter?
You can set a reminder for yourself on a service such as Google Calendar or any other calendar or to-do list you may have. However, you should have regular HVAC technicians come to evaluate your system to keep the air clean and healthy for yourself and your workers — and to keep your electricity bill down. Keeping your HVAC system tightly tuned can help your business stay green and keep your workers happy.
2 Replies to “When should the air filters in the office be changed?”
Is there a standard set by OSHA that requires replacement of air filters in the workplace?
Hey Stephen. OSHA does not have requirements for IAQ (Indoor Air Quality), but it does have requirements for ventilation that may affect IAQ. You can read more on their website: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/indoorairquality/
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