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How To Change Your Home Air Filter

Homeowner changing a dirty air filter

Changing your air filters may seem like an unnecessary task, but it’s actually quite important for your home’s air quality and the efficiency of your HVAC system. To ensure you can reap the benefits that come with regularly replacing your air filters, American Vintage Home has put together this guide to make the process as easy as possible.

Benefits of Changing Your Air Filter

Changing your air filter might seem like a minor task, but its benefits are substantial. By regularly changing your air filters, you can enjoy:

  • Improved indoor air quality: A clean air filter traps dust, pollen, pet dander, and other airborne particles, preventing them from circulating in your home.
  • Enhanced energy efficiency: A clogged filter forces your HVAC system to work harder, leading to increased energy consumption. Regular replacements can lead to optimal efficiency and lower energy bills.
  • Extended system life span: Reduced strain on your HVAC system translates to a longer life span. Changing the filter is an easy step to improve the longevity of your heating and cooling equipment.
  • Healthier living environment: Cleaner air contributes to better respiratory health, particularly for individuals with allergies or asthma. Keep your loved ones healthy by maintaining a fresh and pollutant-free indoor environment.

How To Locate the Filter

Before you are able to replace your air filter, it’s important to know where it’s located. Typically, air filters are situated near the return air duct, either in the air handler unit or in a dedicated filter slot. Check your HVAC system’s user manual or consult with a professional if you’re uncertain.

Remove & Replace the Filter

Now that you’ve located your air filter, the process of removing and replacing it is actually pretty simple. Follow these steps:

  • Turn off your HVAC system: For safety reasons, switch off your heating or cooling system before attempting to replace the air filter.
  • Remove the old filter: Carefully slide out the old filter. Pay attention to the direction of the airflow arrows on the filter, as it indicates the correct orientation for the new one.
  • Clean the filter slot: Take a moment to clean any dust or debris from the filter slot.
  • Insert the new filter: Slide the new filter into place, ensuring it’s oriented correctly.
  • Securely close the filter slot: Ensure the filter is snugly secured in its slot.
  • Turn on your HVAC system: Once the new filter is in place, turn your heating or cooling system back on.

How Often Should You Change Your Air Filter

The frequency with which you should change your air filter changes depends on several factors, including the type of filter, your home’s air quality, and the number of occupants. As a general rule of thumb, check your filter every one to three months. However, households with pets or allergy sufferers may need more frequent replacements. Check your air filter regularly to see how clean or dirty it is to help determine how often you should replace it.

Improve Your Air Quality With American Vintage Home

Changing your air filter is a simple yet impactful task that contributes to a healthier home and a more efficient HVAC system. If you need any further help improving your home’s air quality, turn to American Vintage Home. We proudly serve the Chicago North Shore area with top-quality HVAC and indoor air quality services.

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