Changing your furnace’s air filter is an easy and quick task that you should do on a regular basis.
Put an appointment on your calendar (whether it’s a paper or phone reminder) to check the air filter once a month and change it as needed. If you have dogs, cats, or other furry pets, do it more often because pet hair and dander can clog up your air filter faster.
Changing the air filter provides these three benefits.
The size of the air filter you have must be determined first. Check your furnace’s user guide for information or check the filter currently in your furnace. The width, length, and thickness of a filter are generally specified. If the air filter is identified as 16x25x1, it is 16 inches wide, 25 inches long, and 1 inch thick,
HVAC air filters are sold at your local home improvement store. So, get a few to make replacing them is a breeze all winter long.
To check the air filter and replace it, first turn off the furnace. Locate your furnace’s air filter. The majority of filters are housed in the blower compartment or incorporated into metal ductwork before the blowing fan.
Remove the old air filter, noting the arrow on the filter frame that indicates the proper air flow direction. Make sure to install the new filter in the same way as before. It might be useful to mark out the direction of air flow with a permanent marker on the furnace housing or ductwork near the filter.
After removing the old filter, place it into a trash bag as right away to keep it from spreading dust and dirt.
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