Do you know much about your HVAC system? If you have central air conditioning, you have an air filter in place that traps contaminants as air passes through the ductwork. Do you understand the reasoning behind changing the filter? Do you even know where to find it? Use this guide to help you get more from your air conditioner this summer by changing the air filter.
Knowing the importance of changing the air filter is one thing, but you must find it before you can get the job done. Most times, the filter is located on the side of the air handler, a piece of equipment the air conditioner and furnace use to circulate conditioned air around your home. It should be easy to spot the slot where the filter is inserted. It’s less common, but sometimes the filter is located in an air vent somewhere in your home. If this is the case, you may need to contact a professional for help.
It’s important to understand that some air filters can be cleaned and reused. Others are disposable and won’t work well if you attempt to clean and reuse them. If you have a disposable filter, plan to replace it every one to three months, or when it begins to become clogged with dust and debris, whichever comes first. The manufacturer’s instructions can provide specific guidance for your system, but the following steps are generally accurate for all systems.
It’s easy to neglect something you never see or give a second thought to, but it’s important to change the filter in order to enjoy the following benefits:
Changing the air conditioner filter should be fairly straightforward. However, if your filter is located in a tricky spot, or you have other HVAC-related questions, feel free to contact us at Jupiter Air Conditioning and Heating today.