With regular maintenance, your furnace can last for many years. Changing its filter is a cost-effective way to ensure this and to improve your equipment’s performance. The filter prevents airborne debris from coating and clogging your furnace’s major components. This is vital to proper operation. Besides protecting the equipment, the filter also protects you. It vastly improves your indoor air quality and reduces the particles, pollutants, and allergens you breathe in.
You can replace your furnace filter in a few easy steps. All you really need is a new air filter and a few minutes of your time. Just follow the procedure outlined below.
Determining the Right Size
Your new filter must be the same size as the one you’re replacing. If you’re unsure about this, check your owner’s manual, and if that’s not an option, you’ll have to physically measure the filter yourself. It is very important to buy the correct size. This is determined by thickness, width, and length. If you install the wrong size, the filter won’t stay in place or air will be able to leak around it. Either problem will defeat the purpose.
Selecting the Right Type
When you’re in the filter aisle at the hardware store, you’ll notice that there are various kinds. Don’t let this confuse you. It’s not that complicated. Most filters are disposable and composed of fiberglass. These are the most common and the least expensive. They’re also less effective than some others. Pleated filters trap more particles and cost more. You may also find that they make airflow more difficult for your equipment. You can also buy filters that have activated charcoal added. Even HEPA filters are available, though these tend to seriously restrict airflow. The MERV rating will help you assess how effective a filter is at absorbing particles, but airflow is a serious consideration. Most people rely on the less expensive ones and ensure good airflow by changing them frequently.
Replace the Filter
Locate your air filter. It should be easily accessible and right in front. Remove the old air filter and put it in the trash. Use the arrows on the new air filter to determine which way to install it. Place the new filter into the correct area of your furnace. That’s it.
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