While it’s fairly evident when you should replace household items like your toothbrush or your kitchen sponge, the replacement times for other items in your home may not be as clear.
How long more expensive household items will last depend on factors such as how well-suited each item is for the way you use it and how well you maintain the item. For example, if you use a basic, economy-priced vacuum to routinely vacuum up tons of pet hair and debris, you will likely find that the filter will become more easily clogged and so will the brush roll. And if you fail to clean or replace the filter and unclog the brush roll, you’ll soon be left with a vacuum that can’t do its job.
But those rules don’t only apply to vacuums. Many of the items around your home require regular cleaning and maintenance for optimal life. And if you slack in those areas, you can expect the items to wear out much more quickly as a result.
To get you up to speed, here are 12 household items and their average replacement times, as well how much it will cost you to replace them.
Last updated: May 25, 2021
“HVAC air filters are an item homeowners often forget to replace or wait too long to do it,” said Andrew Latham, certified personal finance counselor and the managing editor of SuperMoney. “I always remind new homeowners to replace their air filters at least every three months. Air filters only cost between $20 and $40 each, depending on brand and quality. However, not replacing air filters often enough will increase your energy bills and could cause your entire HVAC system to get clogged and break. Replacing an HVAC unit will cost you between $4,000 and $12,000.
“Air filters need to be replaced at least every three months, but households with pets or people with allergies should probably change them every other month. Buying in bulk makes sense when it comes to air filters since you will need air filters for as long as you own your home. You can save up to 40% on many brands if you buy packs of six or 12 filters.”
“It must be your top priority to keep your household safe, thus regular replacement of items is needed,” said Lynda Le, founder of Polish Perfect. “First on the list is the water filter — whether that’s a pitcher with a water filter or the ones connected to your fridge. The frequency of changing water filters depends on the kind that you have. Check the manual for accuracy.
“Changing the water filter is necessary as it can develop mold on the bottom over time,” Le said. “Water filters cost between $30 to $60 for a faucet water filtration system and…