Dyson is a global brand known for its innovative appliances designed for indoor air treatment. From Pure Cool Fans to air purifiers, they have become a household necessity for many homeowners. For many of these units, the most important component is the filter.
Dyson air purifiers are equipped with custom filters that help to trap particles and other pollutants in a bid to keep indoor air clean and remove contaminants that can affect your health.
However, Dyson air filters, like those of most other brands, do not last forever. Using them beyond recommended periods may cause untold harm to your health because the units won’t be able to trap as many particles as they are designed to, as well as restrict airflow.
But, how often should you change Dyson air filters? We’ll provide answers to that all-important question in this post.
Different Types of Dyson Air Filters
There are two major types of filters used by Dyson to help keep indoor air clean and healthy in our homes and offices. They are;
1. 360° Glass HEPA Filter
There’s really no question as to the design of the filter. Not only is the filter a verified High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter, it is also designed in the 360° structure due to the 360° design of the fans, coolers and air purifiers.
This gives the unit access to all parts of the room so that the filters can trap particles coming from every area and angle.
The HEPA filter here is mostly sealed and made from borosilicate microfibers which are pleated multiple times in a way that smaller particles such as viruses and allergens cannot go through.
2. 360° Glass HEPA Carbon Filter
Carbon filters are often included in air purifiers to deal with odors and gases.
This Activated Carbon filters in Dyson air purifiers are more or less impregnated Carbon granules put together to capture contaminants like formaldehyde, nitrogen dioxide and benzene, among other harmful gases and odors.
The Carbon filter also takes the 360° design for access to all parts of the room, as well as coverage for the unit’s internal components. Some Dyson air filter models such as the Combi 360° have the HEPA and Activated Carbon filters fused into one.
How Often Should You Change Your Dyson Air Filter?
We’d say once every 12 months. But this also depends on usage. Dyson air filters are built to last between 4,000 and 4,200 hours before a replacement is required.
This means that you can only run your unit for 10-12 hours daily if you wish to keep the filters working for up to 12 months.
This pretty much also explains the daily run time recommended by the manufacturers. If you do wish to run your unit for as much as 16 to 24 hours, then you should be ready to change the filter after 6 to 9 months.
In the same vein, if you do not use your purifier for up to 12 hours daily, you’re likely to use it longer than that, say about 18 months before you change it.
We recommend you stick to Dyson’s recommendation, however, and run your unit for not more than 12 hours each day. Whatever the case, Dyson air filters often come with a 12-month warranty, so you can be sure to get a replacement if the filters pack up before the time.
Just to be sure of the quality of the air you breathe, it’s best to change your filter at least once every 12 months, regardless of how often you run it. Also, a typical Dyson air purifier or fan unit will notify you when it’s time to change the filter.
If you use models like the Pure Hot+Cool Air Purifier, you should get a notification on the Dyson link app when it’s time to change your filters. But, whether or not that comes, it’s best to change it at least once every 12 months.
This rule applies to Dyson air purifiers, coolers and fans as well, as most of them use similar filters. However, there are some other factors that may also influence how frequently you change your filter.
- Level of Pollution: If you live in a highly polluted area where the air is almost cloudy, your filter is likely to get clogged faster and impede air flow. This is even worse if the filter is not washable. In cases like this, you may need to change the filter every 6 months or less.
- Type/Size of Room: This is concerned with whether or not the room is sealed and how outdoor weather quality affects the indoor air. Also in focus here is the size of the room and how much work the unit has to do before air purification is achieved.
Should Dyson Air Filters Be Cleaned?
Unless stated that your Dyson air filter is washable or permanent, do not expose your air filter to water. Water has the capacity to wash off the fibers if they are not waterproof.
Be sure to check the package or label for information on whether your unit’s filter is washable or not. If it is, you can simply run cold water over it from the tap. Do this until the water dropping from the filter appears clean.
Gently squeeze the filter to remove all leftover water and leave to dry. You can leave it out for 12 hours to dry. Do NOT reinstall the filter wet.
If your unit’s filter is not washable, you can simply use a rag to clean off dust and other particles on the surface.
Another way to do this is to use a low-intensity vacuum cleaner to suck up dirt from the filters. Run the vacuum over the filter carefully and not too close to avoid pulling off the fibers in the process.
How Much Does It Cost to Change a Dyson Air Filter?
A typical medium-sized Dyson HEPA air purifier filter costs between $70 and $90, depending on the store you’re buying it from.
That’s about all you’ll need to change your unit’s filter as no other cost is likely to be incurred. It is pretty easy to change your Dyson filters, so you won’t be needing the services of a professional.
The Combi set which combines a HEPA filter and an Activated Carbon filter costs between $80 and $100. These prices depend on the size of the filter and the seller.
There’re are also larger units that sell for as much as $120 and above. A good example is the 360° Glass Combi Replacement filter suitable for the HP04, TP04, and DP04 models.
The Dyson fan filters, on the other hand, tend to cost a little higher than those of its purifiers. On average, they go for between $80 and $200, depending on the unit. The Dyson Pure Cool Link Tower Replacement Filter, for instance, is sold for as much as $180 by some sellers.
Overall, we can say that you’d spend between $70 and $200 to change your Dyson air filter, depending on the product and model.
Steps To Be Followed to Change the Dyson Filter
- Turn off the unit and unplug it from the wall socket.
- Press the buttons at the top of each end of the unit to release the housing. Then slide the cover up and take it off.
- Remove the exposed filters by pulling them off the base holding it at the top edge, and dispose them off properly.
- Insert the new filter over the fan by sliding it into place. Push it firmly to hold.
- Replace the cover and leave it for a few minutes before turning it back ON.
Important Tips to Increase the Lifespan of Dyson Air Filter
- Wash at least once every month, if your dyson unit has a washable filter.
- For non-washable filters, clean or use a low-intensity vacuum cleaner at least once every month to keep filter clean.
- Open windows and doors to your home occasionally to let fresh air in and ease the pressure on your unit’s filter.
- Run your unit for an average of 12 hours daily, especially if there are no respiratory issues or asthma in your home.
Dyson air filters, whether for fan, cooler or air purifier are quite sturdy. Most of them are HEPA standard with the capacity to remove 99.97% of all particles, including viruses, allergens, odor and dust down to 0.3 microns.
However, when these filters get clogged, things can get really bad unless they are replaced. This is why you must know when it’s time to replace your unit’s filter (at least once yearly) and use some of the tips provided in this post to get the best out of your unit.