Your air filter is a vital part of your HVAC system. The filter is responsible for preventing all the dust, debris and other common pollutants that get stuck in your air ducts from entering your home. Your filter is the part of your HVAC system that controls and maintains your home’s air quality.
Your air filter is usually located next to your furnace or air conditioning system. Each home’s HVAC system is different and some have multiple systems. If you have any questions about where your air filter is located, ask your HVAC technician!
Why Change Your AC Filter?
Your air filter gets dirty relatively quickly. Pollen, dust, and other pollutants that are filtered out become stuck in the filter as your system runs. Because of this, you need to change your air filter at least once a month. Neglecting your air filter can lead to some nasty consequences for your home:
- HVAC System Failure. Not changing air filters is one of the top causes for broken air conditioners. When your filter is dirty, air cannot flow freely throughout your home. This blockage strains your system, which can cause it to overheat and eventually break down.
- Dirty Air. If your air filter is dirty, it cannot properly filter out pollutants from entering your home. This means poor air quality for you and your family. Dirty air is especially dangerous for those with allergies or asthma.
- Expensive Energy Bills. If your air filter is dirty, your air conditioner has to work harder to cool your home, consuming extra energy. This can lead to higher energy bills.
- Reduced Comfort. Cool air has a harder time circulating through your home when your air filters are dirty. When this happens, your home has a harder time cooling down indoor air, and your system may never reach your desired temperature.
How To Change Your AC Filter
Changing your air filter is an easy, five-minute process. Doing this simple task can greatly improve your home’s comfort. Follow these simple instructions to properly change your filter.
- Buy a new filter. Before you buy a filter, be sure to measure your vent to know what size you will need. Filters come in different sizes, so make sure you buy the right one for your vent. They generally cost between $4-$20, depending on the quality and size of the filter.
- Turn off your unit. As you change the filter, there will be nothing preventing debris and dust from flying in your face. Switch off your unit before you begin.
- Discard the old filter. You should be able to easily remove the old filter. As you take it out, you’ll notice all the nasty dirt and pollutants stuck inside. You’ll see first-hand why changing your filter is necessary.
- Place in the new filter. Slide the new filter into place. If you’re not sure which way it goes, there should be arrows on the filter itself that can guide you.
Changing your air filter is just an easy way to maintain your air conditioner in good shape. For all your HVAC needs, call the specialists at Engineered Air. Our NATE certified technicians are dedicated to your home’s comfort. Call today and find out how Engineered Air can keep your air fresh year-round!