What to Know About AC Filter Replacement

To keep the air quality indoors at optimal levels, it’s necessary to remove undesirable particles such as allergens, mold, dust, and debris. These substances can seriously affect the health of household occupants. Regular AC filter replacement will help reduce the presence of these substances within indoor air. This can also help increase an AC system’s efficiency. The following guidelines can be used for this task.

Before performing AC filter replacement, a person will need to decide whether he wants to use a disposable filter or a reusable filter. A disposable filter should be changed, on average, once a month. A reusable filter will need to be cleaned once a month. Before changing a reusable filter, the home owner will need to purchase a replacement filter. The appropriate measurements can be learned off the old filter. If these are not visible, the old filter’s width, length and depth can be measured. It’s beneficial to pay attention to the MERV rating of a filter. A residential filter can have a MERV rating of 7 to 12 to adequately remove air borne contaminants.

After a person purchases the right filter, he or she should look for the filter compartment. This space can be located in many areas including the interior of the furnace, inside the return air duct, and beside the thermostat. Once this compartment is located, a home owner should remove the compartment door and its fasteners. The old filter should be removed. It’s a good idea to put a disposable filter in a plastic bag to contain contaminants. A reusable filter will need to be cleaned. This should be done outside when possible. A person could use a water hose to rinse debris off a reusable filter. A new disposable or clean reusable filter should be inserted into the proper position. Filters will usually have arrows indicating the right way to install the filter. After, replace the compartment door and its fasteners.

Proper filtration can enhance the quality of indoor air and enable an AC system to use less energy. Regular filter changes can accomplish this goal. For more information on air conditioners or AC services, visit Horizonservicesinc.com. Horizon Services can handle many services for residential or commercial customers.

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