How to Change Your Air Filter in Home HVAC

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As every homeowner knows, there are a lot of little things you need to do in order to keep your home running properly. These little tasks start taking up a lot of time when you add them together, and before long some of the tasks are being left behind. 

One task that is commonly forgotten about is changing the air filter in your HVAC filter. This is unfortunate, because regularly changing your HVAC filter provides a lot of benefits. 

For instance, a clean air filter helps your system to run more efficiently. A more efficient system is less likely to break down (resulting in expensive repairs) and will use less energy, lowering your monthly electric bill. On top of that, air filters help to keep the air within your home clean, which is especially important for people with allergies. 

If it's been a while since you've changed your HVAC filter, now is a good time to look into it. Luckily, this is the sort of job that you can likely do on your own, without having to call in a professional. Here is everything you need to know about changing your HVAC air filter, so that you can get started on this easy project sooner, and start reaping the benefits. 

Locate Your Air Filter

The first thing you need to do is locate your air filter. Depending on your home and how the HVAC system is set up, it could be in several different places. In some homes, the air filter is directly behind the intake air vents. Check the intake vents around your home - usually located in the ceiling or walls - and look for the air filter. You'll have to pop open the vent, but you should see an air filter directly behind it.

If the air filter is not there, check your HVAC system next. On many systems the air filter is within a small door on the side of the unit, and you'll just have to open it up to find the filter. To make things quicker, if you still have your owner's manual for the HVAC system, it will tell you exactly where the air filter is located. If not, you can probably find a copy of it online by searching for the name and model number of your HVAC system. 

Determine the Size

Once you've found the air filter, you need to determine the size. The size of the filter is typically printed on the unit, so jot this number down. You'll need it when you buy a replacement, as you don't want to end up getting the wrong size. 

Shop for a Replacement

Next, now that you know the size, you can get a replacement. Our site makes it easy to find any type of air filter you need - just input the correct size. You should also consider the air pollutants in your home, as this will determine what kind of air filter to get. For instance, if you have pets, you may want a thicker air filter as this will help to catch pet dander. 

Slide Your New Filter In

Once you've ordered your air filter, and it arrived in the mail, the rest is easy. You just slip the new air filter into where the old one was. Make sure you have it pointing in the right direction (there's arrows on the filter), otherwise it won't work correctly. After you slide it in, just close up the door or the vent, and you're good to go. 

Change Your Air Filter Regularly

As you can see, changing your HVAC air filter is a fairly easy process. You should be changing your air filter every couple of months, or sooner if you have pets. This will keep your system running well for a long time to come, and help to keep the air quality within your home high.

If you have any questions regarding how to install an HVAC air filter, or which filter you need, please contact us at any time - we'd be happy to assist you.