Not too many years ago, household air was full of tiny dust, dirt and other particles just drifting freely around the home. Thanks to HVAC filters, many of these particles that once could pollute your home and lungs are now trapped where they can be disposed of properly, but you do need to change your AC filter regularly. Here are some tips on changing your HVAC filter from Front Range HVAC.

Tips on Changing Out Your HVAC Filter

When You Should Change Your Filter

How often you change your filter will depend on a variety of factors. You should check your filter at least once a month if:

  • Your HVAC unit runs six months or more a year
  • You have pets
  • You have a large family
  • You live in a heavily polluted area
  • You use your fireplace regularly
  • There are construction projects nearby
  • You or someone in the home suffers from allergies
  • There is a nearby forest fire
  • You smoke inside

You should change your AC filter every 30 days when it’s in use during the sizzling summer months and frigid winter months.

Checking the Condition of Your HVAC Filter

Upon inspecting the filter, you will need to replace it immediately if you find any of the following:

  • Rips, tears, holes or other damage
  • Dampness upon touch
  • Visible accumulated dirt and dust
  • Mold or other growth
  • Bent or warped HVAC filter frames

Many homeowners believe they can clean their AC filters with a vacuum to get more life out of them. This isn’t true. There are small particles that your vacuum will never be able to get that will continue to cause air flow issues. When in doubt, replace your filter and don’t try to prolong its life.

How to Change Your HVAC Filter

  • Find the exact match for your HVAC unit. You can bring an old one into the hardware store to make it easier.
  • Turn off your HVAC unit.
  • Open the filter compartment and remove the old filter.
  • Use a wet rag to clean accumulated dirt and dust from around the filter frame. Allow the area to dry before proceeding.
  • Insert the HVAC filter. Double check to make sure it is in the right way, often there will be arrows on the side of the filter to indicate which direction the air should flow through.
  • Make sure the filter fits correctly.
  • Turn your HVAC unit back on, make sure the filter stays in place.
  • Close the filter compartment.

Regularly inspecting and changing out the HVAC filter is the best way to keep the air quality in your home at its best, as well as keeping your HVAC unit happy. If you ever have any questions about your unit or filter, try looking online or call Front Range HVAC today.