How to Change Air Filters
The air filters in the home need to be periodically swapped out or there could be consequences. Luckily, you can swap out your air filters in a quick and easy process. Use the owner's manual to find where the air filter is off and be sure that whatever system it is in is not on while you are changing filters. Afterwards, just follow the steps every as often as needed with a new replacement filter.
The Steps for How to Change Air Filters
Air filter swapping only requires that you follow some easy steps:
- Access the filter by removing the protective covering on top. There may be a metal strip on top that needs to be removed as well.
- Use your screwdriver to remove any screws or clips that are keeping the old filter in place.
- Remove the old filter carefully so no dirt or debris is re-released back into the air.
- Put the old filter into a sealed bag for later disposal or recycling.
- Put the new filter in place. The new filter must be a similar size to the old one or there may be issues putting it in place. The replacement filter should match the nominal size the old filter has printed along its cardboard edge. Filter King offers filters in a variety of sizes able to match any home.
- Slide the new filters in to place, bear in mind that there are arrows telling you which direction the filter needs to be facing.
- Place the metal strip, clips and screws back where they were before to lock the new filter into place.
- Recover the filter and reactivate the air ventilation system to enjoy that cool, refreshing air.
What Does an Air Filter Do?
The new air filter you install helps keep the air passing through into your home clean and fresh smelling. Outside contaminants, irritants and allergens are constantly trying to make their way inside your home. The filter works by trapping or absorbing passing through airborne issues into its tight mesh weave. The now clean air travels through the duct system into your home providing healthy breathing and enhanced indoor air quality. However, air filters do not last forever and eventually need replacement to avoid any airflow issues.
The Need for Regularly Changing Your Air Filters
When an air filter becomes dirty, the result is a blockage in your ventilation system. The blockage keeps air from moving forward efficiently and disrupts airflow to the entire home. The ventilation system needs to compensate for blockages by powering its processes with extra energy.
The additional energy used ends up adding to your bills at the end of the month, with costs stacking up over time as the problem is not fixed. Air filters need frequent replacement, the pace of replacement depends on your home's environment and the filters MERV rating.
Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) ratings provide a clear, structured system describing filter effectiveness. Filters with higher ratings are tightly woven and prevent airborne elements from coming through an air system. The average home uses filters of average ratings in order to prevent airflow issues similar to what blockages cause. Filters with lower MERV ratings last longer and require less frequent replacement. You should determine what sort of air filter you need before ordering a replacement.
Finding the Right Filter for You
Filter King offers filters in a variety of sizes and qualities available for ventilation systems of any size. The standard filter model will be able to block out the standard airborne dirt and debris, it rated as an 8 on the MERV scale. The recommended Filter King premium model filter is able to keep basic contaminants out and more including:
- Dust Mites
- Pet Dander
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