How Do I Change My Furnace Filter?

A step-by-step guide

furnace filter Columbia County, NY Changing your furnace filter regularly is an important part of maintaining the heating system in your Columbia County, NY home. A dirty filter can cause your furnace to work harder, which can lead to higher energy bills and even damage to your furnace. A clogged filter can cause your furnace to stop working altogether. When you have a no heat emergency, one of the steps is checking the filters. So it’s critically important you know how to check and change your filters and that you do so regularly.

Here are the steps to check and change your furnace filter:

  1. Turn off your furnace: Before you start, it’s very important to make sure your furnace is turned off. You can do this by turning off the switch on your furnace or by turning off the circuit breaker that powers your furnace.
  2. Locate the filter: The filter is usually located between the return air and supply air of the furnace. Open the chamber and remove the old filter.
  3. Check the arrow on the new filter: Make sure the arrow on the edge of the new filter points towards the furnace. This will ensure that the filter is installed correctly.
  4. Slide the new filter into the chamber: Slide the new filter into the chamber and close the door.

It’s important to choose the right filter for your furnace. Filters are rated based on their Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) or Filter Performance Rating (FPR). The higher the rating, the more effective the filter is at removing particles from the air. However, a higher-rated filter can also restrict airflow, which can cause your furnace to work harder. Check your furnace manual to find out what type of filter is recommended for your furnace.

If you’re not sure how often to change your furnace filter, it’s a good idea to check it once a month. If the filter looks dirty, it’s time to replace it. On average, filters should be replaced every 1-3 months, depending on how often you use your furnace and how dirty the air is in your home. How often your specific filter needs to be changed will also depend on its thickness. A one-inch furnace filter should be changed out every one to three months. A three to four-inch filter should be changed every six to nine months. A five to six-inch filter should be changed every nine to twelve months.

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