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Why You Need To Change Your Furnace Air Filter

Posted: February 7, 2022

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furnace filters rhode islandChanging the air filter for your home’s furnace is a simple and quick procedure that you should do on a regular basis.

Make a reminder on your calendar to change the air filter every month. If you have dogs, cats, or other furry pets, do it more frequently. Pets’ hair and dander obstruct your air filter faster.

Changing the air filter provides these three benefits.

  1. Saving money. A dirty or clogged air filter makes your HVAC system work harder, resulting in increased energy expenses. A clean air filter and regular professional maintenance by the knowledgeable service technicians at Vaughn Oil help your furnace operate at peak performance, allowing you to keep your home warm and welcoming without spending a fortune on heating.
  2. Preventing breakdowns. Clogged and dirty air filters are one of the most common reasons that a furnace breaks down. Filters that are not replaced will strain your furnace and make it work harder, resulting in greater wear on components and increasing the risk of a breakdown. That wear shortens the life expectancy of your furnace, necessitating the purchase of a new one sooner than you would have otherwise needed to do.
  3. Improving indoor air quality. A clean air filter traps airborne dirt, dust, and allergens and keeps them from circulating in your house. It’s especially important to check and change your air filter frequently if you or anyone in your family has allergies, asthma, or respiratory problems like COPD. There’s another advantage to changing the air filter on a regular basis: dust and dirt is easier to remove since there’s less of it circulating!

How to change your furnace’s air filter

The first step is to figure out the size of your air filter. Check your furnace’s user manual or the current filter for more details. The width, length, and thickness of a filter are usually defined. It is 16 inches wide, 25 inches long, and 1 inch thick if the air filter is identified as 16x25x1.

HVAC air filters are available at your local hardware or home improvement retailer. So, stock up on a few so that changing them is a snap all winter long.

To replace the air filter, first turn off the furnace. Locate your furnace’s air filter. The majority of filters are housed in the blower compartment or connected to metal ductwork before the blower fan.
Take the old air filter out and note the arrow on the frame, which points in the right direction for airflow. Make sure to install the new filter in exactly the same way as before. It might be useful to draw an arrow on the furnace housing or ductwork near the filter indicating the direction of airflow.
After removing the old filter, place it into a trash bag as right away to keep it from spreading dust and dirt.

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