Air Filter Cleaning: A Comprehensive Guide

There are a lot of systems in your home, yet this piece of your home comfort puzzle is one of the most important aspects. Air filters are integral to a healthy home, as this part of the system is responsible for removing any unwanted, harmful particles from the air in your home. From airborne toxins to flying dust and pet dander, your air filters work valiantly to protect your respiratory system. So, it is extremely important that you keep your air filters in tip-top shape!

This means regular maintenance and cleanings! That’s right, some air filters are reusable, and some are replaceable. It is key to understand which type of air filter you have in your home, so you know how to best care for your system. If you have an air filter with a nylon weave or plastic mesh material, your filter is reusable. If your filters are made out of polyester or cotton paper sheets, these must be fully replaced to restore your air quality.

Regardless of which air filter you have, this is the process you should follow to complete a successful air filter changing:

Step 1: Turn Off Your HVAC Unit

Before you do anything, turn your heating and cooling system off. If you try and remove your air filter while your system is still running, it can lead to unfiltered air circulating within your space. Now, if you have a smart thermostat, make sure you check your pre-programmed settings to ensure you don’t have scheduled cycles overriding your operation.

Step 2: Locate & Remove The Filter

Once you turn your system off, make your way to your HVAC unit and using a screwdriver open your appliance and locate your air filters. Your filters are usually secured between your ductwork and the body of the unit. Some appliances have more than one vent and air filter, so make sure you remove all filters.

Step Three: Cleaning Your Air Filter

Here is where you need to determine whether your filter is disposable or reusable. Once you decide which filters you have, you need to remove the old and replace it with the new, or newly cleaned filter. For those of you with permanent air filters, it’s time to get to work. With a hand vacuum, suck away any surface-level dust and debris. Then, for a deeper clean, fill a sink with a fifty-fifty concoction of water and white vinegar. Place your dirty filter into the solution and let it soak for an hour. After this time has passed, rinse your filter with fresh water in a separate sink. Let your clean filter dry completely before placing it back into your system. If you put your filter in your system damp, mold can grow and foster, which will only further compromise your indoor air quality.

This process should be completed every 3 months for optimal cleaning coverage. If you have replaceable filters, these should be switched out every three months as well. Although, if you have any furry- four-legged family members, it is best to clean or replace your air filters every month, as pet dander and hair can become airborne and clog your filters quickly.

Additional Advantages Of Filter Cleaning

Practicing regular filter cleaning will also lower your energy bills, provide better heating and cooling throughout your space, and reduce the amount of stress placed on your system during operation. This leads to longer appliance lifespans and less wear and tear on your system overall.

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