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Everything You Need to Know About Air Filters

May 8, 2021 | Blog

We all have air conditioner filters in our homes, and they are important elements that keep our systems running to the best of their abilities. However, you might not know the maintenance that your air filters need to keep them working properly.

Elite Comfort Services is dedicated to our community, and that means informing our customers on the proper air filter care for their AC units. Keep reading to find out when and how to change your air filters along with other DIY air conditioner maintenance to perform. 

When Should You Change Your Filters?

The average AC filter replacement should be completed every two or three months. Air filters are designed to accumulate debris that is present in your air. Once enough of these contaminants are collected, the filter screen can become clogged. This will lead to a less efficient system and more polluted air for you to breathe.

Although changing your air filter every three months is a good rule of thumb, some home factors cause higher levels of debris in your air. If you have pets, have a high traffic home, or are more affected by allergens, you may want to check on your filters more often to keep your air as clean as possible. 

Luckily, the HVAC filter replacement isn’t a hard process once you know which one to buy. 

Which Air Filter Do I Buy?

There are a couple of different types of air filters you can buy for your home. The size of your current air filter should be marked on the filter itself, so you don’t have to worry about measuring it.  

Besides size, you can buy filters based on filtration efficiency. Filters are rated from 1-12 on the minimum efficiency reporting value – or how well it filters the air. The higher the number means the better the filter’s ability to remove debris and bacteria from the air. 

You can get minimal filtrations (1-4), a mid-grade one (5-8), or the best filtration (9-12). These will range from catching 20% up to 90% of particles coming through the system. 

Once you decide on the size and efficiency for your filter, it is time to install it. 

How To Install An Air Filter

Once you have located where your HVAC filter is, the installation should be simple. Loosen the fasteners on the filter cover and remove the old filter. Be careful since the filter is likely dirty – you can tell by the grey or dark color compared to the clean white  filter. 

Next, pop the new filter in following the arrows indicated on the side. Make sure it is snug in the opening, then put the cover back on. That’s all it takes to successfully install an air filter! 

Other DIY AC Tips

Air conditioner filter replacement is one of the simple ways to keep your system working without calling a professional.

You can also make sure your outdoor system is clear of debris and keep the inside of your home clean to help increase the air quality. 

It is also important to schedule your yearly AC tune-up appointment to have the more detailed elements of the system checked to ensure it is running smoothly. 

Ready For Professional AC Maintenance?

While you can tackle some home projects on your own, it is still important to contact a professional if you need help with AC filter maintenance or bigger issues. The trusted team at Elite Comfort Services is ready to help answer all your questions and get your AC in its best shape. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

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