Changing your air filter regularly is one of the most important things you can do for both your home and your heating and cooling unit. Most filters need to be replaced after one to three months, depending on the kind of filter. Check the product information on the packaging for how often that filter should be changed.
Following are reasons it is important to change your filter with regularity:
- A clogged air system can cause extensive damage to your home’s heating and cooling system. Heating and cooling systems are not equipped to handle pollution and debris, and therefore will have a much shorter lifespan if pollution and debris are allowed into their lines by a dirty filter.
- Since your air filter acts as a barrier to dirt and debris, changing the filter in your system ensures cleaner, fresher and healthier air in your home. As a result, you will no longer be constantly circulating dust, dust mites and pollen. This will increase the health of both your family and your home.
- Lastly, a clean air filter will save you money. A dirty air filter uses much more energy than a new, clean one, which can lower your electricity bill up to 15%.
So how exactly do you change an air filter? It’s simple!
- Begin by purchasing a new filter. To determine the correct filter size, check the owner’s manual for your heating and cooling system.
- Turn off the unit and remove the old filter. Most air filters are located on the right side of the unit and will easily pull out of their slot.
- Simply slide the new filter into place. Arrows on the filter indicate which side should be facing out and which should be facing in.
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