Change Your Furnace Filter in 3 Steps
Approximately 40% of people in the United States live in places with unhealthy levels of air pollution. This means that learning how to change your furnace filter is essential for your health, finances, and cleanliness.
Do you know how or when to change your furnace filter? Continue reading to learn the simple steps and why they matter.
When to Change Your Furnace Filter
Before learning how to change your furnace filter, you should understand when to change your furnace filter. The list below includes a few details to consider.
- Filter size
- Number of people
- Air quality
- Sensitivity to allergens
- Use of HVAC systems
Try checking your filter every month to monitor its cleanliness. Small filters or filters used frequently should be changed every few months. Larger filters used less frequently can be changed every 10 to 12 months.
How to Change Your Filter
Learning how to change your furnace filter is easy if you are familiar with your furnace. Even if you’re not, you can become familiar quickly with the below steps.
1. Turn Off the Furnace
The first step to changing your furnace filters is to turn the furnace off which helps maximize safety while you work. You’ll also need to purchase the correctly sized filter. If you aren’t sure, move to step two to find the size of the old filter.
2. Remove the Old Furnace Filter
The second step is to remove the old furnace filter which should be located near the intake/outtake blower fan. Remove the filter panel, if applicable, and slide out the old filter.
If you aren’t sure which filter size you need for the replacement, you can check the size of the old filter to guide your purchase.
3. Insert New Furnace Filter
With the old filter out, the final step is to insert the new filter and turn the furnace back on. Be sure not to shake the filter to avoid dislodging any dust or particles.
Be sure to properly dispose of the old filter by tying a plastic bag around it before tossing it in the trash. Tying a plastic bag around the old filter before disposing of it helps prevent dust particles from getting into the air.
Benefits of Changing Your Furnace Filter
While you should change your furnace filter as part of good building care, there are other benefits of doing so. Keeping your furnace filters in good condition can save you money and maintain cleanliness.
Reduce Energy Use
Clogged furnace filters make it difficult for your HVAC system (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) to function. When it has to work harder, your energy bill increases. Keeping it clean helps keep energy costs down.
One of the benefits of changing your furnace filter is the ability to maintain cleanliness. Dirty filters prevent proper home circulation which leads to dust accumulation. This is bad for cleanliness and bad for your health.
Change Your Furnace Filter on Time
It’s important to change your furnace filter on time if you want to maintain your home, health, and finances. The above guide can make it easy to do if you’re unfamiliar with your furnace filter system.
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