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How To Change Your Air Filter

June 15th, 2018 by kcunningham

When speaking of a healthy atmosphere of the home, the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning System plays a big role in this. Due to the fact that this network circulates air within the home, you cannot just overlook this.

Now at all times your HVACs must be clean so that it delivers only quality air to your residence. But even if we religiously stick to our cleansing routines there will always be the risk of dust and particles trying to invade our houses. This is where filters become of great use as they prevent these elements from passing through.

What’s an Air Filter?

Air filters are essential parts of the HVAC which are in charge of straining out dirt and debris. Without these we could imagine our living spaces having to deal with much more grime than usual.

These come in various kinds, with each category illustrating the different types of debris they are able to keep out. This is better known as MERV Ratings. The farthest up the scale is able to address the smallest types of matter, including bacteria and viruses. Ideally these are usually used in medical settings.

No matter the rating of our filter though, these will eventually become overwhelmed, no longer efficient and will be needing a replacement. Usually you should change these every three months but this can vary depending on the situation of your home. If you have furry pets, then you should expect doing this task much more often.

Changing The Air Filter

If possible, it would be ideal that a professional performs this job for you since they have the needed knowledge and skills to do so. But if you need to get it done immediately or want to save up on cash, don’t worry as this can be achieved by an average person that is not specially trained in this line of business.

Make Sure You Purchase a New Filter With The Proper MERV Rating

It’s important that you get your system with the appropriately rated filter so that you could avoid issues from occurring. Keep in mind that the higher up a rating, the more powerful an HVAC needs to be so it would be able to push air out of it. Get one with a smaller than usual rating then you’d be wasting the chance of being able to secure a better environment for your family.

Adhere To The Size Requirements

See to it that your filter is of the right size. Get the wrong one then don’t be surprised if it doesn’t fit. Be observant of spaces appearing beside your filter as this would indicate that it is shorter than needed.

Take Off The Old One Carefully

Now that you have a suitable filter with you, you may now strip off your equipment of its obsolete filter while trying not to dislodge the dust or particles on it.

Follow The Instructions On Your Unit

Install your brand new filter according to what is instructed on your unit.

Turn On HVAC

Turn on your HVAC and see if it operates normally with your replacement. If anything seems unordinary then call a technician for help.

Your HVAC system is an essential part of your home and plays a large part in improving the quality of your life as well as your family’s. Make sure it gets proper care regularly. If you’re still not sure of what to do, it always pays to ask for help. Call Thornton Heating at (847) 905-1608 and have one of their technicians assist you.