When And How To Change Your Filter

Posted on: 6 October 2017

Air filters are a vital part of your HVAC system. Not only do they ensure that cleaner air is being circulated throughout your rooms, they also affect the strength of the airflow. A dirty air filter means that more dust, pollen, mites, and allergens are being circulated throughout your rooms. At the same time, it could be causing your entire HVAC system to be less efficient. Basically, changing your air filters on a regular basis is a matter of good hygiene and energy efficiency. So, when do you change your filters enough?

How Often Should I Change My Filter?

The answer to the that question is never cut and dry. Most filters have a recommended lifespan printed right on the package. However, you can't always follow this number. Many other things can effect the lifespan of your filter. The brand, size, and efficiency of your furnace play a part. The size of your ducts as has an impact on your filter life. Some houses are just dusty than other. If you live in a dusty climate, your filters are going to get dirty. If you have a ton of trees and bushes around your house that are always producing pollen, your filters will get dirty very quickly. Of course, your filter life also depends on how often you run your heat and/or air conditioner.

The ultimate answer is that you need to visually inspect your furnace filter to determine when it needs to be changed. You need to open up your furnace, find the filter, and see if it needs to be changed.

Changing the Filter

When you pull out your filter out, take a look at it to determine if it needs to be replaced. If there is a ton of dust and dirt buildup, you should just throw that filter away and buy a new one. In fact, it usually isn't worth your time trying to clean the filter because the dust sticks very strongly to it. Even a strong vacuum might not sufficiently clean an air filter.

Filter are very affordable  (usually less than $20) and easy to find at any home improvement or super store. You can find bulk filter packages that are a great value. Buying 3 or 5 filters at once means that you will have replacements on hand for the next couple of years.

As you can see it is easy to check and change your filter. For more information, contact companies like Classic Air and Heating.


Summer is Upon Us – Is Your AC Working?

Hi. My name is Laurie Waters. The HVAC contractor was just out at our house last week and did I ever get a lesson from him. You see, we had a warm spell hit and I went to turn our air conditioning on for the first time since last summer. Much to my dismay, it wasn’t working. All I got was a blast of warm air. The fan was bringing the outdoor heat inside. Thank goodness it wasn’t anything major. My unit needed Freon. While he was here, the contractor taught me how to do some routine maintenance around my unit, vents, and filters. I’m going to share this information with you. I hope you find it to be useful.

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