How To Replace Your Home’s Air Filter

For about a week now, we’ve been sharing content all about air filters. Today, we thought it best to share with you the right way to replace your air filter.

How to Replace an Air Filter

While it may seem like common sense, most people don’t completely know how to replace an air filter. There are one or two critical steps that, when ignored, cancel out the act of changing the filter. So, follow these steps to change your air filter and protect your HVAC for years to come.

  1. Choose the right size. If you’ve been living in your home for a while, the air filter size will be printed right on the size of the filter that’s being replaced. If you don’t have a filter to work off of, measure the space where the air filter will go. Just remember that the air filter needs to fit inside that space so deduct about half of an inch from the measurement you take to find the right sized filter.
  2. Turn off the power to the unit to prevent an accidental injury.
  3. Remove the old filter and place it in a trash bag to avoid getting dirt and dust into the air.
  4. Vacuum out the space behind the air filter if it has been some time since it was cleaned. This will help extend the life of the new filter you’re installing as well as your HVAC overall.
  5. Install the new filter. Check the filter for directional arrows indicating which direction the new filter needs to be installed. If you don’t see any arrows, the direction doesn’t matter.
  6. Replace the grill cover over the filter and vacuum or Swiffer dust the grates. Again, this will help your new filter last as long as possible.

To learn more about air filters, contact an HVAC technician in Las Vegas by calling 702.227.5622 today.

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