Changing the air filters in your HVAC system is an essential practice that ensures clean and healthy air circulates throughout your house. In this article, we discuss the importance of changing an air filter and give you tips on how to do it.
Without a clean air filter, your HVAC unit works harder and is prone to more breakdowns. Compared to other DIY home improvement projects, changing air filters is a quick and painless process that can be done in less than an hour. However, many homeowners are unaware of how often air filters need to be replaced, leaving their system vulnerable to damage. Keep reading to learn when and how to change your air filter.
Air filters trap pet hair, dust, and other irritating particles so that your air conditioning system delivers fresh, clean air back into your home. Eventually, the filter traps so much dust and debris that air can’t properly filter or travel to the HVAC unit, leading to:
You should ideally change your air filter every three months, however, there are certain factors to consider when determining when to change out an old filter.
While these factors affect the frequency of air filter replacement, you should visually inspect your filter every month to check for excess particle buildup. If the dirty air filter is completely layered with dust and debris, it’s a good idea to change the filter even if it hasn’t reached the end of its recommended lifespan.
Here’s how to change your air filter when it’s time for a replacement.
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