Growing up in a house full of girls, I unofficially took on the role as my father's only son. So when the time came to fix a leaky sink or change the oil in the family car, it was me that stood by my father's side. Thanks to him and everything he taught me, I am now able to take care of myself and my children in a way that not everyone can. I have tried over the years to engage my own daughter in the same way my father engaged me, but she's currently more interested in playing with dolls than fixing potholes. After my father passed away last year, I vowed to find a way to pass on everything he taught me, this blog is my way of keeping that promise. I truly hope that you learn as much as I have over the years.
The HVAC system's air filter is a crucial part that cleanses air for both heating and cooling. It is what prevents pollutants from getting into your HVAC system's internal mechanisms and helps produce clean air throughout your entire home. When the filters get dirty, your HVAC system will become less efficient, since the system will need to work harder to push air through a dirty filter. This will lead to the HVAC system having a shorter lifespan as well.
Here is what you should know about replacing your air filter.
Air Filter Replacement Schedule
Energy.gov recommends that you replace your air filter every 3 months. Keep in mind that this is 3 months of the HVAC system being used, and months that the HVAC system is turned off do not count against those 3 months. You'll typically need to replace the filter prior to when you start using the heating and cooling modes of your HVAC system, and one or two times in between, depending on the frequency with which you use your HVAC system.
It is encouraged to replace the filter often if there are people in your home with allergies, especially to mold and dust. HEPA filters are designed to remove these particles, but the filters are more expensive.
Air Filter Replacement Process
It's easy to replace the air filter of your home's HVAC system.
Start but shutting down the entire HVAC system, and leave it turned off until you are finished replacing the filter. This is important, because running the HVAC system without a filter will cause dust to get into the blower.
Find the location of the air filter, which is typically between the blower and the air return duct. All you need to do is give the filter a small tug, and it should slide right out of the holding spot.
You can now take the filter to your local home improvement store to purchase a filter that is comparable in size in width, length, and height. If you want to make the switch to using HEPA filters, now is the time to do it. Once you are back home, all you need to do is slide your new filter into the same place you removed the old one from. Turn on your HVAC system, and you are good to go.
With the new filter installed, you'll benefit from having cleaner air and an HVAC system that is more efficient. For more information about keeping your air conditioner and furnace in good condition,n contact a local HVAC company.