Changing your HVAC system’s air filter should be done regularly, as bacteria and dirt can accumulate affecting your indoor air quality and the efficiency of the unit. This is not a difficult process and can be done by the homeowner regularly. Make sure you have a new air filter on hand to replace the old one. You can then locate the filter slot on your HVAC unit.

This is most often either in the ductwork leading to the unit or in the blower compartment, which is found by lifting the furnace cover. To prevent debris from being blown if the unit turns on, turn off the system first. You can then slide out the old filter and insert the new one, turning the system back on when you are finished. The process takes only minutes and can prolong the life of your HVAC system.

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Knowing When to Change Your HVAC System’s Filter

Every home is different in terms of pollutants and debris in the air. Homes with shedding pets may need to change their air filter more frequently. If you leave the windows open during the summer, allowing pollen and dust to enter the home, this will also likely affect how frequently you need to change your air filter.

You can check the air filter at any time to determine the amount of dirt and build-up that has accumulated. To prevent any mess, be sure to turn the unit off before sliding the air filter out of place. An air filter that looks dirty or clogged should be replaced.

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Other Signs of a Dirty HVAC Air Filter

If you notice dust and debris collecting around the vents in the home, this could be a sign that your HVAC unit’s air filter needs to be replaced. A dirty air filter can circulate build-up throughout the home, pushing debris through the ductwork and into the air. Another sign maybe if your HVAC system seems to be working harder to heat or cool the home.

Not being able to easily circulate the air with a clogged filter can cause the HVAC unit to work harder to achieve the same temperature. If the unit feels hot or warm to the touch this may also indicate that it is being overtaxed, with the possible culprit being a dirty air filter.

Replacing your HVAC unit’s air filter is just one of the services included with Joyce Cooling & Heating’s preventative maintenance. Our team can ensure that your HVAC system is running great and at top efficiency while enjoying the highest indoor air quality.

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