Air filters are used in furnaces, air conditioners, and a few other home appliances. A dirty filter can cause appliances to overheat, forcing them to work harder than necessary, or even lead to poor indoor air quality. Keeping your air filters clean is a good safety precaution that also helps to maintain the indoor air quality of your home. In this article, we have a guide to cleaning and changing air filters.
How Often Should You Clean/Replace Air Filters?
Air filters should be changed at least once in 3 months; however, it is better to check and change the air filter every month if necessary. However, how often you should clean or replace the air filter depends on other factors as well. These factors include the type of air filter your HVAC system has, the number of people in your home, pets or no pets, and whether you or anyone living with you are allergic or sensitive.
Although HVAC units don’t require much maintenance, it’s necessary to clean or change the air filters regularly to reduce the risk of air mold and common allergens in forced air systems.
There are various types of air filters available, and while many are disposable and cannot be cleaned, washable air filters are more popular than ever because of advancements in technology and related efficiency. If you’ve been using disposable filters in the past, now is a good time to upgrade.
How Do I Clean Air Filter
Cleaning air filters is very easy, follow the easy guide below to clean the air filter.
Step 1: Turn Off The HVAC System First
While the filter is being cleaned, keep the unit turned off to avoid allowing unclean air to travel around your home.
Step 2: Remove the Filter
Check all vents because some systems may have numerous filters.
Step 3: Vacuum the Filter
The first thing you can do to reduce the quantity of dusty buildup is to use a hand vacuum to lift allergens. Clean any dust from the frame with a piece of cloth. Getting rid of the top layer of sand and any loose materials makes the next process clean and simple.
Step 4: Wash the Filter
Wash the filter lightly and completely in a deep sink or outside with your sprayer before allowing it to dry. An air filter shouldn’t be cleaned using a pressurized washer; they’re far too sensitive for any high-pressure sprayer.
Indoor Air Quality
As you might expect, dust, spores, hair, dander, and other particles are collected by your air filter and circulated through your air conditioning system. You don’t want to breathe it in or have it floating around in your atmosphere. Changing the air filter promotes cleaner, healthier, and fresher air in your house.
- Is your home looking a little dusty?
- Do you have any pets at home?