How to Change Your Air Filter At Home
Changing your HVAC Air filters regularly is essential for increasing air quality in your home. Learn how to change your air filter at home and how often this should be done.
How My Air Filter System Works
As the HVAC Unit or Furnace blows air throughout your home, the filters catch dust, dirt and other small particles. A clogged filter makes the system work harder to push air through, using more energy. In addition, a dirty air filter isn’t good for your home’s air quality, as all those dust and allergen particles build up.
How often Should I Change the Air Filter
How often you change the air filters depends on a number of factors. Typically every 3 months is the standard, however the following factors decrease the months between changing filters to 1 or 2 months.
- Constantly Run Systems– If you tend to run your system constantly, you may want to consider a monthly swap out. Especially in the heat of a Georgia Summer!
- Do you have pets or allergies?Manufacturers would suggest changing the air filters more frequently than every 3 months
Where Is My Filter Located?
Typically, your air filter is located in 1 of 2 spots:
- On the blower compartment of your furnace or air conditioner.
- Behind a ceiling or wall mounted return air grill
Check/measure your filter to make sure you select the right size for your system.
How To Replace My Filter
- First – turn off your air conditioner or heater using your thermostat.
- Locate the filter, remove and make note of which direction the arrows are pointing in the current filter.
- Insert the new filter, matching up the arrow direction with the one you removed. **Arrows should point in the direction the air is flowing.
**Follow any directions on your user manuals for the furnace and air conditioner if you’re not sure.
3 Handy Air Filter Tricks:
- Write the date on the edge of the filter so you know when it was last changed
- Use a service that ships filters to you every month, 2 or 3 months. → https://filterjoy.com/?code=fahw&utm_source=fahw&utm_medium=blog
- Use your utility bill as a reminder for those heavy Summer and Winter months
Are you looking for some additional ways to clean up and improve your air quality at home? Check out this blog below for some additional tips and tricks to a dust free, breathable home. 🙂