Introduction Air filters should be changed on a regular basis in your house to ensure that your air conditioner, furnace, or central air system is operating at peak efficiency. Maintaining a clean air filter can help you save money on your power costs while also reducing the likelihood of bacteria build up in your air filtering system. This process is a win for your finances (hurray!) and your health. It is recommended that you inspect your filter at least once a month and replace it every three months if it is often used. Changing an air filter in the house is pretty easy and you do not need professional help to do so. Without further ado, here is how to change an air filter in the house.
1. Locate Your HVAC Unit
If your home has central air conditioning, look for the HVAC unit. If your home is equipped with central air and heat, the unit will be located in the main unit. It’s common for this to be the location of any out-of-the-way space in the house. Locate the HVAC unit by tracking any visible pipes or ducts throughout your property to its location. It will be a giant metal machine with a lot of power.
2. Look for an Air Filter Space
A space for an air filter should be easily accessible on your air conditioner. If you have a heating and air-conditioning system, it’s likely that it will be located between the air handler and the plenum. Window air conditioner filters should be installed in grills that face the front of the unit. Although the filter slot can be located in a variety of locations depending on the model, in most cases it is represented by a long, narrow hole with a removable lid. You should look for a filter slot in the vents that guide air into your rooms if your HVAC system contains one. In most cases, filters are located in the return air vents themselves, and only systems with two or fewer return air vents are likely to include them.
3. Turn off Your Unit and Remove the Old Filter
If you haven’t done so already, turn it off. Because of this, you should turn off the device when changing the air filter in order to avoid harming yourself or the equipment; neither of this you will want. During the process of removing the filter, any dust or particles will be prevented from entering the machinery. Simply removing the old filter will be enough in getting rid of it. The removal of the filter should be straightforward. Remember that the dirt and dust that has accumulated on it can come loose at any time, so use caution when removing it from the device. Wear a nose mask to avoid any dust getting into your nose (just to be safe). It’s possible to attach a folding tab to one of the sides of your new air filter with duct tape, making it easier to remove your air filter in the future. The old filter can be disposed of in the waste disposal. The use of a garbage bag can be beneficial in preventing the bag from shedding dust and dirt as you transport it to the trash.
4. Insert the New Air Filter
If necessary, have the air filter replaced. With a little effort, it should be able to slip into the available slot. Airflow should be marked on the filter by an arrow on the side of the housing. Make sure this arrow is pointing in the same direction as your previous filter, which should be toward your ductwork and the fan on your air conditioning unit. Once the filter has been installed, look for any gaps that may exist around it. If you see any gaps or other signs that the filter does not fit properly, remove it and temporarily replace it. It’s possible that you’re using the incorrect filter size, in which case you’ll need to purchase a replacement. Another possibility is that your replacement filter was damaged and distorted before shipment. If you notice any damage, you should return it to the retailer and request a replacement. If it isn’t, leave it alone.
5. Check for Dust
Remove any remaining dust by vacuuming or wiping it away with a rag. If any dust or debris was freed during the removal procedure, make certain that the old filter is properly cleaned. Using a rag or a vacuum, remove as much dust as possible from the area. 6. Turn The Unit On To Make Sure It’s Still Running Well. By turning on the unit, you can ensure that everything is still functioning properly. Air pressure should be somewhat higher, but otherwise, the system should continue to function as it did previously. If you detect anything out of the ordinary with your HVAC system, or if the system is not functioning at all, you should contact a professional (don’t say we didn’t warn you).
6. Take Notes
It’s important to keep track of when you changed the filter. When you keep note of how frequently you change the filter, it will be easier to remember when it is time to do so. You can create a note on your phone or computer, or you can write it down in a place that is easy to find later. Conclusion There you have it! This is how to change an air filter in the house. Remember, the air in your home will be cleaner and more refreshing if you change the filter on a regular basis. If your home is a little dusty or if you own any animals or if there is more than one person in your home, changing your air filter more frequently is a good idea. Why? Firstly, everyone benefits from cleaner air, but children and the elderly in particular. The less dust there is in your home, the more dust is trapped in your air filter. Maintaining a clean air filter can help reduce the amount of dust and hair found on your floors, shelves and other surfaces. This could save you both time and effort when it comes to cleaning the house! It is also possible that cleaner indoor air will aid in the relief of seasonal allergies and asthma. Changing your air filters more frequently or investing in a home filtration system may help relieve congestion, itchy nose, and difficulty breathing. Many people’s nights have been made more restful thanks to regular cleaning of their home air filters. Finally, changing your air filters on a regular basis improves the efficiency of your HVAC system! Prior to contacting an HVAC contractor because you’ve observed that your home isn’t cooling or heating as well as it usually does, make sure you’ve checked the filter. Your system will last longer and require less maintenance if you replace your air filter on a regular basis. Additionally, you’ll save money on your utility bills. These are all the benefits you get from a process we hope we have made simple. These steps are how you change the air filter in your house. Let us know how you followed them and the results.