Replacing Your HVAC Filter

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How often do you think to replace your HVAC filter? If you’re like most homeowners, the answer is not often enough. Although this simple task can seem like a hassle, it’s one that can save you substantially over the long run.

Better Performance of Your HVAC System

Along with getting regular tune-ups, changing your filter is the next most important thing you can do to maintain the performance of your air conditioner and heater. Why is a clogged filter so bad? Actually, it can cause a number of problems.

First, a filter clogged with dirt, dust and dander hinders airflow. This results in your system working harder and higher utility bills. It also produces substandard heating and cooling throughout your home. The next issue has to do with air quality. As air is pushed through the ducts, particulates trapped in the filter can eventually start circulating back into your home. Many homeowners are surprised to discover that allergies and other breathing problems can be dramatically improved by simply replacing their filters.

How Often Should HVAC Filters Be Changed?

Industry experts recommend filters to be changed at least once a month. Here in the greater Phoenix area, where conditions can be particularly dusty, filters should be changed even more frequently. This is especially true during monsoon season. A good rule of thumb is if the filter appears dirty, replace it.

Instructions on How to Change Your HVAC Filter

Changing an air filter is a simple job that nearly every homeowner can do. Here are the steps:

  1. Identify what size air filter is the right size for your system.
  2. Purchase a filter. These are available at hardware and home stores and at many grocery stores.
  3. Open the air filter panel.
  4. You’ll see that the filter rests on metal supports. There’s a small space to move the filter back and forth which allows you to remove one end of the filter and take it out of the compartment.
  5. Place the new filter. Make sure to check the new filter for an arrow that indicates the air flow direction to ensure you’re installing the filter in the right direction.

Want to learn more about air filters or maintenance on your HVAC system? Contact Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating today at 480-968-5652.