The Importance in Changing Your Air Filter Regularly

Let’s be honest.  When was the last time you changed the air filter in your home’s furnace? Have you ever done it, and do you even know how? Hopefully, the answer is yes because this is the single most important thing you can to keep this vital piece of equipment functioning as it should. Depending on where you live and how often your furnace runs, the replacement intervals can vary considerably. By changing the filter, you are not just allowing the machine to breathe easier; you are also doing the same for your family. A number of bad things can result from a dirty or clogged filter, the worst of which are the host of health problems that can occur as a result of airborne contaminants. Unfortunately, clogged filters are the leading cause of HVAC service, although, they should not be.

Why You Need to Change the Filter

Not only is letting the situation get to this point irresponsible, it can also be very dangerous, especially for people who have breathing conditions such as Asthma. All it takes is a couple minutes of your time to swap out the filter with a new one, so there is no reason why your furnace should become broken because it is clogged. Given that many homeowners fail to do this, though, it is worth noting that the cost to repair an HVAC system is not cheap. What would cost $20 (the average price of a filter) can easily turn into a few hundred, and that’s if the damage is not too severe. To ensure your furnace’s longevity and keep your home safe, installing a HEPA filter is recommended. They may cost a little more up front, but the health benefits are more than worth it. Short for high-efficiency particular air, HEPA models will keep virtually all contaminants, from molds to dust mites to tobacco to pollen, from passing through into your home’s ventilation system.

How to Change a Furnace Filter

Now that we have established why you have to change the filter on a routine basis, it is time to actually get the job done. Do not fret if this is your first time; it is not as difficult as it may seem (if it does at all). The first step is to locate the existing filter. It is typically in the center of the furnace and may have a cover that needs to be removed with a screwdriver. Once you have taken this off, simply pull the filter out. Make sure you pay close attention to which direction the arrows are facing. Discard the old filter in a garbage bag, and promptly tie it off to prevent dust from spreading. Put the new filter in and that is all there is to it!

You should check your filter once a month to assess its condition; this is the best way to determine whether a new one is needed. To avoid having to call an air conditioning repair firm, don’t forget this number one furnace maintenance tip.

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