Is It Time to Change Your AC Filter? 212 HVAC Wants to Help!
With everything going on in the world today, attention to airborne viruses has been higher than ever before. While things are so uncertain, we should take action in the areas we can to limit as much sickness as possible in our homes and for our families. HVAC maintenance is of high priority and there are effective actions to take when it comes to maximizing your AC capabilities during COVID.
The first and most important is keeping your filters clean and fresh. Filters typically function to keep dust and debris out of the HVAC equipment but there are also higher-efficiency filters that work to trap virus particles as well.
You can call a professional like 212 HVAC to change your air filter among many other services, however, it is also good to know for yourself. 212 HVAC not only wants to build a relationship with you as a loyal service, but they also want to educate and inform you of how to best care for your appliances.
Here are Easy Steps to Change an AC Filter:
- Find the filter
Depending on the type and size of you HVAC unit, the filter could be in a couple different spots. You will find it either in the return air duct or near the blower system for the furnace if your heating and air systems share the same ducts. If you cannot visibly see the filter, it is possible that there is a metal panel concealing it and will just need to be removed by a couple of easy screws.
If you are having trouble locating it the first time, call 212 HVAC to show you so you are set to change it whenever you need!
- Get the correct replacement filter
You can usually find this information on the side of the HVAC unit. However, if you are unsure, you can call your maintenance technician to supply you with this information and they can even provide you with extra filters to have for replacement.
- Turn off the power
Your system should never be running without a filter. Dirt, dust, and debris can quickly and easily get trapped and damage your equipment. Furthermore, it is never wise to touch live electrical wiring. For your safety, the unit should be completely powered off.
- Remove the old filter
(Refer to Step 1)
- Inspect and evaluate the condition of the used filter.
You can tell how your system is doing by how frequently the filters are getting clogged and filled with dust and dirt. It is always better to replace them more often than not, no matter how clogged they are.
- Throw the old filter away
We never know what kind of particles and contaminants are trapped in the filter; therefore, it is always safe to put it inside of a disposable bag before placing it in a trash can outside.
- Insert the new/clean filter
You’re almost done! The easy part is just putting the new filter back where you took the old one out of. There will more than likely be an arrow on one edge of the filter directing where to insert.
- The final step is to set a reminder for yourself to change the filter every month!
HVAC Maintenance Doesn’t Stop Here
While changing the air filter is important and can make a major difference in the functionality of your AC unit, there is more maintenance required than just that. Regular maintenance for your AC not only keeps it working longer but also prevents possible issues along the way. Call 212 HVAC to set up regular services for your AC maintenance. It’s a small investment that pays off in huge ways. You won’t regret it!