Written on: February 7, 2022
Life can get busy. But neglecting to change the air filter on your home’s furnace can cause problems.
Put an appointment on your calendar 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 available at your local hardware or home improvement store. So, grab a few to make changing them easy all winter long.
To change the air filter, first turn off the heating system. Locate your furnace’s air filter. The majority of filters are housed in the blower compartment or metal ductwork before the blower fan.
Remove the old air filter and note the arrow on the frame indicating proper airflow direction. Make sure to replace it in the same manner as before. Use a permanent marker on the furnace housing or ductwork to indicate the airflow direction.
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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