The Basics Of Replacing Your Furnace Air Filter

Checking in the air filter in the furnace at least twice per year is not something you want to skip out on. While it may seem like a hassle, the short amount of time it takes is well worth it in the end. Here are the basics of replacing your furnace air filter: 

Why it Needs to be Done: If there is a blockage in the air filter, you are going to experience less than efficient heating in your home. When this happens, you not only experience discomfort in the winter months, but you can also expect to have much higher energy bills. Besides, a dirty air filter means that dirt and debris are circulating in your home that is causing the air in the home to be fairly unhealthy to be breathing in. You and your family are less likely to get sick if you have a clean air filter, so keep that in mind.

When it Needs to be Done: Now that you know why it's important to replace your air filter, you must now know when you should actually be doing it. This really depends on your living conditions. For example, if you have pets in the home, because of the excess dirt and dander they release in the air, you might want to replace the filter every 3 months and even more than that if anyone in your home, including yourself, has asthma or allergies. In general, though, it should be done whenever it appears to be dirty. 

How it Needs to be Done: Finally, you may be wondering how you can even get the job done. Luckily, it's not that challenging and many furnace models make it easy to figure it out with arrows directing you where to place the new filter. Be sure that you know what size, though. You can either bring your old filter with you to your local hardware store or you can simply look up size needs in the owners manual for your furnace. From here, be sure that the furnace is powered off in order to replace the filter safely. 

The best way to keep track of getting this task completed is to leave a checklist by the furnace or align it with the professional inspections your furnace should be having on a regular basis. The professionals can even do it for you during this time if you prefer that. To learn more, contact a company like Smedley & Associates