An air filter is an essential component of any HVAC/air conditioning system ensuring good indoor air quality within the home. Air filters help to remove airborne particles, dust, and other contaminants from the air before inside your home. This results in clean, filtered air that protects the health of everyone in the house.
Clogged or dirty air filters can cause your AC system to work harder and less efficiently, leading to higher energy bills and potential repair issues. Therefore, it is essential to check and replace your air filter regularly.
It is recommended to replace your air filter at a minimum every three months. However, if you have pets or live in an area with high levels of dust, smoke, pollen or other airborne particles, you may need to replace your filter more often.
Checking and replacing your air filter should not take you more than a few minutes. This article will explain how to correctly install your new air filter.
Considerations When Changing an Air Filter
These are some important considerations you should follow when changing your air filters.
Be careful not to damage the filter housing when removing the dirty filter.
When changing air filters, be careful not to damage the filter housing. This can cause the housing to leak, leading to poor airflow and decreased efficiency.
Additionally, damaged filter housings can be difficult to replace. Therefore, if you are not careful when removing the used air filter, you may damage the housing and need to purchase a new one.
Inspect the new filter to make sure it matches the specifications for your HVAC system.
It is essential to inspect the new filter to ensure it is the correct size and type for your HVAC unit. This is critical because the incorrect size or type of filter could potentially damage the system.
By taking a few moments to ensure that the new filter is the right fit, you can help avoid any costly repairs or replacements down the line.
Install the new filter following the instructions provided by the manufacturer.
Always install the new filter following the manufacturer's instructions. This ensures that the new filter will work properly and effectively remove contaminants from the air. Additionally, this will help prolong the life of the new filter.
How to Change Your Air Filter
One of the most important things you can do to maintain the efficiency of your HVAC system is to change your air filter regularly. A clean air filter helps trap airborne particles and contaminants before they can enter your lungs. It also helps keep your HVAC system clean and free from dust and dirt.
Most experts recommend changing your air filter every three months, but if you live in a particularly dusty or pollen-filled environment, you may need to change it more often. In addition, some air filters are designed to be washed and reused, while others must be replaced each time they become clogged.
In addition to inhaling airborne contaminants, a dirty air filter can overwork your HVAC system, which leads to higher energy bills. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you get the job done:
Locate all your filters
Depending on the HVAC system that is installed, your home may use one or more filters. These filters may be located in the (a) air return registers in different rooms around the house - look for the large metal grate on your wall, ceiling or closet door or (b) central air handler system with a dedicated compartment for the air filter. Some homes may have wall mounted AC heads in each room and the filters may be part of this unit.
After you have located the filters, measure the sizes of the filters. Using the correct size is important for the filter and the HVAC system to work efficiently.
Remove the Grille Cover
The next step is to locate and remove the grille cover.
At the return air register, just unhook the latches. For registers on the ceiling it is often convenient to keep the vent fan on. This will ensure that the filter does not fall on you as you open the grill cover.
At the air handler, see the unit's instructions. In many cases, you may have to turn off the HVAC system. Loosen any screws or nuts holding the grille cover to remove it. After removing the lid, you should be able to see the air filter.
Remove the Old Filter
After locating the grille cover and removing it, you can remove the used air filter. Quite often, if the filter fits snugly into the housing and may be difficult to remove. Luckily, an Airzey air filter purchase includes a handy tool that helps you remove your old filter easily without damaging your nails.
Clean the Grille Slats
While you're changing your air filter, take the opportunity to clean the grille slats.
If your grille slats are dirty, they can restrict air flow, impeding the proper functioning of your thermostat. The grille slats allow air to flow freely into the unit. If they are blocked by dirt or debris, it can introduce dirt into your ductwork cause the HVAC system malfunction.
By cleaning the grille slats when you change your air filter, you can not only keep your home clean but keep your ductwork clean and your HVAC system operating optimallly.
Insert the New Filter
To install your new air filter, simply insert it into the housing. Ensure that the direction of the airflow arrows on the filter is correct.
Once the filter is inserted, close the cover and screw it back into place. After changing your air filter, dispose of the old filter properly. It is a best practice to seal it in a bag before throwing it away because it may still contain harmful particles.
Set a Reminder for the Next Replacement Date
Always set a reminder date for the next replacement of your air filter. Otherwise, it will be easy to forget, and dust and other particles might accumulate on the filter, making it less effective.
A dirty air filter forces your HVAC to work harder than it needs to, causing premature wear and tear. Regularly replacing your air filter will help your HVAC last longer. With an Airzey air filter subscription, we automatically send you new filters depending on your specified time frame, so you’ll never forget to change your filter.
Order Your Air Filters from Airzey
Airzey is the best place to order your air filters. We offer high-quality filters at an affordable price. Excellent customer service is our highest priority, and we are always ready to assist you. And with our fast, free shipping, you'll never have to wait long for your purchase.
Airzey has a great selection of filters, making it easier to find the perfect filter for your system. In addition, we offer a money-back satisfaction guarantee, so you can be sure that you're making a risk-free purchase.
To make life even easier, we’ve set up a subscription service that ensures you get your new air filters right on time. With this service, you can have brand new air filters right when you need them, making it even easier to enjoy high quality air in your home.
With high-quality filters, excellent customer service, and a satisfaction guarantee, there's no reason not to choose Airzey as your go-to source for all your filter needs.