Changing Your HVAC Filter: A Simple Guide

When it comes to home maintenance, changing your HVAC filter might not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, neglecting this task can lead to poor indoor air quality, reduced HVAC system efficiency, and even potential health problems for you and your family. In this article, we’ll go over the benefits of HVAC filters, how often they should be changed, and the simple steps you can take to replace your filter and keep your home healthy and comfortable.

Why Change Your HVAC Filter

Your HVAC filter is responsible for trapping dust, dirt, pollen, and other airborne particles that can circulate in your home’s air. Over time, these particles accumulate and clog the filter, reducing the efficiency of your HVAC system and increasing energy costs. Additionally, a dirty filter can lead to poor indoor air quality, which can cause respiratory problems, allergies, and other health issues.

Benefits of HVAC Filters

Regularly changing your HVAC filter can provide several benefits, including:

  • Better Indoor Air Quality: A clean filter ensures that the air circulating in your home is free of harmful particles and pollutants.
  • Improved HVAC System Efficiency: A clean filter allows your HVAC system to operate at its optimal level, reducing energy costs and extending the life of your system.
  • Cost Savings: A clean filter can lead to lower energy bills and a reduced need for HVAC repairs or replacements.

How Often Should You Change Your HVAC Filter

The frequency at which you should change your HVAC filter can vary depending on a number of factors. For example, if you have pets or live in an area with high levels of pollution, you may need to change your filter more frequently. As a general rule of thumb, however, it’s a good idea to change your filter at least every three months. If you’re not sure when your filter was last changed, it’s a good idea to check it and see if it needs replacing.

Here are some key signs that indicate it’s time to change your HVAC filter:

  • Reduced airflow from your vents
  • Musty or stale smell in your home
  • It’s been more than three months since you last changed your filter (or you can’t remember when you last changed it)

By staying on top of filter changes, you can improve the air quality in your home and help your HVAC system run more efficiently.

How to Change Your HVAC Filter

Changing your HVAC filter is a simple and straightforward process that you can do yourself. Follow these steps to replace your filter:

  • Turn off your HVAC system: Before you begin, make sure that your HVAC system is turned off to avoid any accidents or injuries.
  • Locate the filter: Your HVAC filter is typically located in a slot near the blower motor or in the return air duct.
  • Remove the old filter: Carefully remove the old filter and dispose of it properly.
  • Install the new filter: Place the new filter in the slot, making sure that it’s oriented correctly.
  • Turn on your HVAC system: After installing the new filter, turn your HVAC system back on and enjoy cleaner, healthier air in your home.

If you’re experiencing issues with your HVAC system or would like to schedule regular maintenance, contact Bell Cow Service Company today. Our team of experienced technicians can help you keep your system running smoothly, prolonging its lifespan and improving your indoor air quality. 

Contact us to learn more about our services and schedule an appointment today!