How long has “check the furnace filter” been on your to-do-list? Weeks? Months? Stop procrastinating on a task that takes no time at all. Before calling an Atlanta furnace repair company to come service your furnace, learn the basics to save money on a problem you can handle.
The Benefits of a New Air Filter
Changing the air filter in your furnace is a very simple and inexpensive task. However, it is crucial to protecting your HVAC system’s shelf life. The filter works to improve the overall air quality in your home, but when the filter is clogged, you’ll face some problems.
You might experience airflow and comfort issues like increased energy consumption, uneven heating throughout the home, unhealthy air quality, and damage to your heating system. Replacing your filter will keep the dirt and dust from building up. If this goes unnoticed, you could have maintenance problems and even system failure.
When to Replace
Do you know how often you are supposed to change out the air filters in your home? The frequency of replacing them depends on:
- What type of filter your system requires
- How many people live in your home
- Type and number of indoor pets
- Nearby construction or other external influencers that affect your indoor air quality
Most service technicians recommend that you check your filter monthly, especially during the winter season. If you notice that the filter is dirty, replace it. Homes that have pets or people with allergies and asthma need to have their filters changed more frequently. You should change your filter every three months at a minimum.
How to Change Them
Changing out your filter is a simple job that homeowners can do without the help of a professional. When you discover a dirty air filter, here’s a simple set of instructions to follow:
- Determine what size air filter your unit needs, and purchase the filter from a local home or hardware store. Some grocery stores even carry them.
- Turn off the power to the system.
- Open the compartment where the old filter is, and you’ll find the filter resting on two metal supports.
- Move the filter out by moving it back and forth, releasing one end of the filter so you can take it out.
- When you install the new filter, make sure to insert the filter to match the arrows. The arrows indicate the air flow direction to ensure you’re putting the filter in the right direction. Typically, the arrow points towards the top of the furnace.
In addition to changing your air filter as needed, it’s important to make it a habit to get a tune-up and regular maintenance. Anytime Heating, Cooling and Plumbing can help you with that! We offer 24-hour emergency service so you can rest assured that we will be there for you at any time of need, both day or night. Get this task marked off your to-do-list today by calling 770-504-5881!