When was the last time you changed the filters in your home?
Getting your HVAC units inspected twice a year is the best thing you can do to keep your unit running efficiently! Although, the technicians don’t stop by every couple months to change the air filters in your home – this is completely up to you. Changing this filter is very important to the air quality in your home. If these filters are dirty the maintenance the technician does is not nearly as efficient. These filters can become clogged with hair, dust, dirt, and pet dander which can reduce airflow, in turn forcing the unit to work harder. This can put a drag on the unit which forces your energy bills to go up and wears the heating and air conditioning unit components quicker. Changing your filters is a quick task that can make a monumental difference.
Most filters can be purchased at your local hardware store or from your HVAC company. You can find the proper size of your filter by looking at your current filter, usually they have their dimensions on the outer part of the frame. If you can’t seem to find it, next time your technician is out for your HVAC maintenance ask him to check it for you. Most disposable filters should be changed at least every three months or as soon as once a month. This all depends on your unique household, such as how many people live in the home, if you smoke inside, have a wood fireplace, and have indoor pets.
Not all filters are disposable, some can be reusable. Make sure you follow the instructions to clean the filter specifically designed by the manufacturer. The cleaning techniques to clean a reusable filter usually include using a hose or vacuum .
When removing the old filter make sure your heating and cooling unit is off. You never want to have your unit on and not have a filter in place. Remove the filter carefully so you can avoid knocking the dirty particles back into the ducts. It is always smart to inspect the old filter before throwing it away. You should see dust and dirt, but if the filter is damp or moldy call your HVAC company. If ignored for to long, mold circulating through your home can be extremely harmful to you and your family’s health. A damp filter could be a sign of a leak in the HVAC system or a condensation problem.
Changing your air filter often is a simple way to prevent costly repairs on your HVAC system.
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