Useful Tips to Keep in Mind When Replacing Your Air Filter

Changing your HVAC system’s air filter may sound easy, but you might be a bit confused by the wide variety of options available on the market. There’s also a procedure you need to follow to ensure a proper replacement, as well as determine the right type of filter for your unit. While reasonable minds may differ in opinion, all professional HVAC repair contractors agree that it’s crucial to have a good air filter for your home’s HVAC system.

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To understand how to properly replace your air filter, here’s what you need to do and what you should avoid:

The Dos

  • Changing your air filter properly – Your HVAC manufacturer will usually have guidelines on how often your air filter should be replaced. However, depending on your home’s indoor air quality and where you live, what they recommend may not always be ideal. You might need to change your filter sooner than recommended if you have pets and/or a home that’s bigger than average.

  • Following a set reminder – Knowing when and how often you should change your air filter not only keeps your home’s indoor air clean but also ensures your HVAC unit stays in peak condition. A clogged filter will just force your unit to work harder than normal, which can lead to premature failure if it’s not properly maintained.

The Don’ts

  • Replacing your filter carelessly – It helps to be knowledgeable of your HVAC unit inside and out so that you know what you’re doing when you have to do something like replace the air filter. Not knowing the correct procedure can cause problems later on, so hire a trusted air conditioning and heating repair technician to do the job for you if you don’t know how.

  • Using the wrong filter – When replacing your HVAC system’s air filter, it’s usually recommended to purchase the same type of filter being used in your unit. Replacing it with the wrong filter may lead to lower indoor air quality, which can lead to more allergy triggers and health concerns. If you’re not sure what type of filter should be used in your unit, consult with a professional and they’ll do a thorough inspection.

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