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How to Change a Home Air Filterby HomeRepairExpert.com
Changing a home air filter is a quick and simple task that can save you money in the long-run by keeping your furnace from becoming damaged with particles and dust. It can also help prevent respiratory illnesses by improving the air quality in your home.
Things You'll Need
- Air filter
- Damp cloth
Changing a Furnace Air Filter
Step 1Turn the furnace power off on the main circuit breaker, and locate the air filter in the blower compartment of your furnace.
Step 2Slide the old filter or filters out, noting which direction they are facing. Slide the new filter or filters into place, making sure the new filter is pointing the correct way.
Step 3Wipe down the area with a damp cloth to gather the lose dust that escaped. Turn the furnace power back on at the main circuit breaker.
Changing a Wall Vent Air Filter
Step 1Remove the cover of the vent and remove the air filter. Some vents call for a screw to be loosened and others just fit tightly over the air filter compartment. Some air filters slide out of place while others snap out.
Step 2Point the arrow on the new filter's edge toward the ductwork, not toward the living space, and insert the air filter.
Step 3Vacuum the area around the filter before replacing the vent. In addition, wipe down the area with a damp cloth to gather the lose dust that escaped.
Tips and Warnings
- Purchase the same size of filter being used. You can shop around a bit since some filters are more effective than others.
- Replace air filters every three months.
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