Furnace replacement

The Basics of Replacing Your Furnace Filter

Furnace filters help to keep out debris and dirt from the air. If not functioning properly, it will circulate unhealthy air throughout your home. Also, the system has to work harder to heat the air. It may cause system or maintenance issues and an increase in energy bills. You should be able to identify faulty filters and how to take care of them. Changing the air filters is a simple process but you should be informed of the important factors involved. Our technicians at Cydcom Heating & Air Conditioning are adequately trained and certified for quality air filter or furnace replacement services.

Furnace filters help to keep out debris and dirt from the air. If not functioning properly, it will circulate unhealthy air throughout your home. Also, the system has to work harder to heat the air. It may cause system or maintenance issues and an increase in energy bills. You should be able to identify faulty filters and how to take care of them. Changing the air filters is a simple process but you should be informed of the important factors involved. Our technicians at Cydcom Heating & Air Conditioning are adequately trained and certified for quality air filter or furnace replacement services. 


Steps to Change Air Filters


Many first time owners of furnaces don’t even realize that there is a filter which needs changing. It should be changed every few months for the appliance to work efficiently. A single mistake can make the task complex and may increase your costs. Here are the steps to follow while your furnace filters:


• Identify the Type of Filter You Need – First, turn off the furnace and then remove the existing furnace filter. You can have a look at the product’s manual to locate it. Mostly, it is inside the furnace or in the return air vent. You will find arrow marks on the filter indicating the direction of airflow. To make sure you don’t miss the directions, draw the direction on the outside using a permanent marker.

• Purchase the Correct Model – Do note the filter size which is printed on the cardboard frame. If you purchase the wrong model size, it won’t fit properly and you have to exchange it or buy again. Some models have plastic frames which are reusable. You can vacuum it or clean with water, dry it and later reinsert. You can buy furnace filters from hardware stores, home centers or online. Get the right-sized one and which is effective in removing pollutants and allergens at all airspeeds. Thicker air filters are better in removing pollutants. Some advanced models are designed to trap bacteria, pollen, mildew and mold spores.

• Install the Filter – Turn off the power to the system. While installing, follow the markings showing which side the filter should face. Slide it in place and replace the cover which goes with it. Mark the date on the calendar, so that you know when to change it again.

Changing filters every three months help the HVAC system and furnace stay clean and run smoothly. If you have a pet at home or someone with respiratory issues, you may want to change the filters more frequently. Pets shed flecks of skin, fur or feather all the time. The microscopic particles can aggravate your allergies or asthma problem. It is best advised, for such homes, to use the air filters and change them regularly. Since your furnace will be continuously in use in winters, furnace replacements, if needed, are best advised before the season.


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