Cleaning the Air Inside Your Home

November 10 2014
Tagged in Air Conditioner Filter
Written by: Your Filter Connection Improve your air quality exponentially with this simple and affordable fix. The quality of the air in your home is directly related to how well your HVAC system has been maintained. With the prime heating season just around the corner, or in full swing throughout some parts of the country, you’ll want to perform some basic service to make sure the air quality will remain consistent and not dusty. Forced-Air Systems The basic action of a forced-air system is to push air through areas that are heated or cooled, and then circulate that air through your home. Without air conditioner filters, the air that is circulated picks up all the dust and particulates that accumulate in the home. Replacing your filter regularly is key to keeping your air quality breathable. Replacing Filters The residential air filter is typically located behind a metal shield of some sort. It can be accessed either by unscrewing the panel, or by sliding the panel out of position. You can remove the filter by pulling it out, but check for clasps that may hold it into place. You should consider replacing a filter with something that will fit your needs. A 3m filtrete air filter can come equipped with ion-charged particles that capture debris, or special threads designed to trap pet dander. Upgrading a filter that is hypo-allergenic is also great for those who suffer from allergies. Replacement Cycle Most manufacturers will recommend that you swap your air filter at least once every three months. Many modern forced-air systems use a singular filter, and re-usable filters are available for those who would prefer cleaning a filter rather than buying a new one.

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