Home Maintenance Tip: Replace central air conditioning filters

HomeZada Home Maintenance Change the Air Conditioning FilterWe are heading into spring and what better way to kick off your spring cleaning and to do tasks with one of the most basic but crucial tasks to do at home. Replacing your air conditioning filters frequently is an important part of keeping your home healthy. Depending on the type of filters you buy, these can often catch dirt, dust, pollen, pet dander, and even smoke. Forgetting to replace these filters causes the air in the home to be unhealthy, it can cause discolorations in carpets and walls, and it makes your units work harder than they need which makes them more susceptible to wear and tear and leads to increased energy costs. We recommend you change your air conditioning filters at a minimum approximately 3 times per year however, if you can change them 4 times a year … the better your air quality.

Changing return air filters

Modern air conditioning systems usually have a grille installed in a wall or ceiling usually close to the thermostat.  Behind this grille is where the air conditioning filter is located which is easily unlocked with finger clamps.

Once you open the grille, you can take out the old filter. Make sure you replace it with the exact same size that fits the opening.  Air filters come in a variety of sizes and most can be found at your local hardware store however some are not in stock and require you to order online. Pay special attention to the side of the filter,  there will usually be an arrow that points in the direction the air should flow.  Make sure the air conditioning filter in installed in the space properly. Since this is a return air, the air is being sucked into the grille, through the filter and then through a duct.

Keep your air quality healthy and keep your equipment running efficiently by replacing your air filters