How to Replace Your Home's Air Filter and Save Money

Changing the air filter in your home or office is an important part of keeping your HVAC system running efficiently and saving money on energy bills. It's important to know when to change your air conditioner filter and how to do it correctly. In this article, we'll explain how to replace the air filter in your air conditioner or heating system, what type of filter you should use, and how often you should change it. It's recommended that you change the air filter at least once every three months, more often if you have pets, allergies, or during pollen season.

This will help keep your HVAC system running efficiently and provide fresh, clean air for your home. Air filters can also filter out harmful particles, keeping you safe from allergens and bacteria. When it comes to changing your air conditioner filter, ENERGY STAR recommends checking and changing it every month during peak season. You can do this yourself if you know how to change the AC filter, or you can ask your HVAC service technician for help.

When selecting an air filter for your HVAC system, you may want one that does more than just keep dust out of the air conditioner. If you want to improve the air quality in your space by eliminating pollen, mold, and other harmful contaminants, you should invest in HEPA filters with a MERV rating of 10 or higher. To replace the air filter in your home or office, watch our video tutorial or follow our step-by-step guide in the video transcript below. We offer discounted air filters in standard sizes 1 to 2 inches and media sizes 3 to 5 inches.

If you need a custom-sized air filter, we can make one for you. MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, and is a rating of the amount of filtration your air filter is capable of doing. An arrow on the filter frame indicates the direction in which air should flow through the filter, which is always away from the return air duct and into the air handling mechanism. When reinserting the filter into the housing, make sure the arrow points away from the return and toward the air handler. A dirty filter restricts airflow in your HVAC system's air handler, causing it to work harder to cool or heat your home.

During peak winter and summer months, it's recommended that you change your air filter every month. We measure how well an air filter removes dust, pollen, and smoke from the air, and see how freely air flows through the filter at any fan speed. Regularly replacing your home's air conditioner or boiler filter can help reduce energy bills and costs during periods of heavy use. We also estimate annual costs for replacement filters based on the manufacturer's recommendation for when to change them. Finally, with a smart home monitoring system like ours, you can check the status of your filter from your smartphone to see if and when it needs to be replaced.

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