How To Change Your Air Filter

One of the essential parts of your air conditioning is your air filtration system. Air filters are often disregarded in the aftermarket although they play an important role in one’s health. The air contains a number of particles that might be harmful for your day-to-day activities.

When replacing your air filter, know how many air filters you have at home and the size of your air filters. Ask the seller or manufacturer what the exact dimensions are so you can find a replacement of the exact size. You can also check the manual if it’s indicated there.

 

Choosing an air filter

There are different kinds of air filters and it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the number of choices. Many resort to buying the cheapest, not knowing what to look for in a good air filter. Choosing a good air filter is important to promoting a clean environment and good health for all members of the household. Mid-ranged quality filters provide a good range for home and office HVAC systems. Fiberglass filters are good with catching large particles but not really effective for catching smaller ones that can trigger allergies, asthma or other respiratory problems. One of these is the pleated air filter which has more surface area than your average fiberglass filter. To verify its effectiveness, check the MERV rating. MERV means Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. The higher the value, the better the air filter is at catching air particles. The filters with the highest ratings can catch most of the particles but need bigger engines on your air-conditioning systems. You can ask your local air conditioning services on what specific filters you need for your home.

 

Changing the filter

Follow these steps carefully to change your filter:

  1. Turn off your thermostat first.

  2. Open the filter grill and get the old filter.

  3. Clean the area with a vacuum cleaner and a piece of cloth then follow it up with a paper towel to get all the dirt.

  4. Make sure you read the instructions and the sign at the sides of the air filter. Usually, manufacturers will put airflow indication on the side of the filter so the user will know what to do and how to replace it.

  5. Put the bottom of the filter at the bottom of the duct and push the top in, and be certain that it’s tight on the base so it won’t fall off.

  6. Close the filter grill, push the fasteners back in and you’re good to go.


Never forget about your air filters. These are mostly overlooked because you may not see or pass by them every day. Be sure to change the air filters every three-months or depending on where you live. For example, you’re living in a more dusty area or the environment, you might want to change the filters frequently. If you’re living by the shore and you get a good breeze, then you’re not going to need to change it as often.

If you need additional help changing your air filter or are in need of seasonal HVAC maintenance, contact Ardmore Fresh Air at (847) 792-1019. We are happy to assist you!