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The Basics of Filter Maintenance

As a homeowner, there are hundreds of daily, weekly, monthly, and annual responsibilities for you to attend to. Many of these tasks include HVAC maintenance. One of the most important of these tasks is changing the air filter.

Whether you are new to the world of HVAC ownership and need to learn the basics or are just interested in learning some new tips, Modern Air Solutions in Bensalem, PA is here to provide the information you are looking for. Below you will find basic maintenance tips as well as some lesser-known tips.

Importance of Changing the Filter

So, why is it important to change your HVAC systems filter? Well, just like a car, needs its oil, tires, and other parts changed from time to time, your HVAC needs attention too. It needs regular cleaning to ensure proper function and efficiency. While you should call the professionals at Modern Air Solutions for biannual cleaning, you can do your part by changing your HVAC’s filter at the appropriate time.

How Often Should I Change the Filter?

So, what is the appropriate time to change your filter? It depends on multiple variables, including the type of filter, how thick the filter is, and the amount of dirt that comes into your home. However, it is a good idea to check your filter on a monthly basis regardless. Checking it, even if it does not need to be replaced, will only take a few minutes, but neglecting to change it could lead to costly repairs. It is a good idea to set a reminder on your phone or use your calendar to help you remember to give your HVAC system some attention.

To determine if your filter needs to be changed, you should try to look through the filter to check how much dirt is trapped within the fibers. If the fibers are mostly white, your filter is clean. However, if the fibers are covered in dust, it is time for a change. Most 1” filters will need to be changed every month, regardless of what the packaging says. Even if you have a permanent filter, you should still check your filter from time to time. You should be able to see clearly through the filter. If you can’t, you should contact Modern Air Solutions for assistance.

What Happens If the Filter Is Not Changed?

As your HVAC system runs, it constantly pushes air through the filter. The fibers in the filter allow air to pass through, but dirt, dust, and debris get trapped in the fibers. When the filter gets clogged, your HVAC system has to work harder to push the air through the filter. This will cause your energy bills to rise. You may also notice excess dust around your home.

Dirt particles may also get pushed through the filter and float into your system. If too much dirt gets through, it can clog the system or damage the important components of your system. Left unchecked, the problem will only grow worse and lead to expensive repairs or even a total system shutdown. If you think dirt had gotten into your system and is causing problems, contact Modern Air Solutions as soon as possible.

How to Change the Filter

Changing your filter is fairly simple and should only take about 5 minutes. Before you begin, ensure that you have the right replacement. Check your system’s user manual for this information or look at the one that is currently installed. Once you are ready, follow these simple steps.

  1. Turn your thermostat off.
  2. Locate the filter. If you need help with this step, consult your user manual or contact Modern Air Solutions.
  3. Open the filter’s housing and remove the old filter.
  4. Clean the area by wiping it off with a damp cloth if needed.
  5. Insert the new filter. Ensure that the arrow on the filter points in the same direction as the air flow.
  6. Close the filter’s housing.
  7. Turn your thermostat back on.

You may want to inspect the rest of your system as well during this time. If you notice any issues, call Modern Air Solutions for an inspection.

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