Why Change Your Home Air Filter?
Regular maintenance of your home heating, ventilation and air conditioning system (HVAC) is critical to ensure its long life and efficiency.
The air filter keeps pollution and debris out of your home system. A dirty filter will slow down the air flow, making both the furnace work harder to heat your home and your AC work harder to cool it. This wastes energy and can result in higher energy bills.
Proper maintenance of this system can help keep your loved ones safe from extreme temperatures and will also help you save some money!How Often?
According to Energystar.gov, the filters on your home system likely need to be changed either once a month or once every three months, depending on the type you're using. You should check the product information on the filters for the manufacturer's suggested frequency of change.
Depending on where you live, the time of year, and how much you're using your AC or furnace, you may end up having to change your air filter more frequently. For instance, during a steamy summer when you're running your system constantly, you may end up having to change the filter more often than if the weather is nice and you're relying on open windows. If you have pets this could increase filter changes.
How to Do It:
Following these steps will make changing your air filter easy. But, always make sure to read your home system's manufacturer instructions to ensure you understand how to properly change the filter.
Step 1. Buy a new filter.
Before you buy a new air filter, check your owner's manual to identify the right size (it should also be printed on the side of your existing air filter). You should be able to get a replacement filter at a hardware store, or some department stores sell them. Remember! Pleated filters decrease air flow. That can cost you more money.
Step 2. Turn off the unit.
Be sure to turn off your home unit before attempting to change the filter, for your own safety. If you can't figure out how to turn off the unit itself, you should turn off the breaker. You can also turn it off at the thermostat.
Step 3. Remove the old filter
You either have filter grills or it will be located in or near the furnace. The filter should easily pull out of its slot.
Step 4. Insert new filter
Simply slide the new filter into place. There are arrows to indicate which way the air should flow through the new filter into the furnace.
If you have a filter grill the arrow points away from you.
If you have an electronic air cleaner, have it checked by a professional!
Checking your thermostat!
Step 1. Is it mounted to the wall?
A loose thermostat does not work well. Air leaks can come behind it. Most thermostats have to be level. If it gets banged around it can get broken.
Step 2. Is you thermostat digital?
Non digital thermostats waste energy and can cause damage to your equipment because there is no time delay during brown outs.
Step 3. Is your thermostat programmable? Is it WIFI?
Some people love technology, some don't but they both like saving money. Programmable stats save money.