This week’s blog post is going to focus on the air filters in your HVAC system. HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning and it is what keeps your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Each HVAC system has an air filter which is used to catch any particles in the air that come through the system. These particles can be anything from dust, pollen, pet dander, bacteria, mold spores, etc.
Depending on a variety of factors like how clean you keep your home, the number of pets you have, and the time of year, the frequency with which you should be changing the air filters will vary. A good rule of thumb is to change the filter every 1-3 months. Usually there will be visible dirt/dust on the filter to give you a good indication that it is time to put in a new one.
Clean air filters will not only help keep the air in your home cleaner but it will also help the HVAC unit to run easier and therefore will help keep energy costs low.
How to change a filter :
1) You can either check the owner’s manual or the side of your existing filter to figure out the correct number/size
2) Be sure the unit is turned off before taking the old filter out
3) The filter should pull easily out of the slot which is usually located on the right side of the unit
4) Use the arrows on the filter to properly insert the new one
If you don’t feel confident changing the filter yourself, a professional can always handle it for you!
Thanks for tuning in,
The Neighborhood Handyman