What most don't realize is the simple yet important task your air conditioner's air filter does for your home. Clean air doesn't just happen to come inside your home, especially not in our day and age in the crowded cities. Air filters are the first step to ventilating particles and airborne bacteria making its way inside your home.

If you frequently maintain your HVAC system, you may have a sense of how to properly take care of your air filters. But for those of us who rely on professional services to get the job done, we might just need to take a closer look at how to either clean or replace your air filter on your own.

Here's a D-I-Y checklist on how to clean your air filter:

  1. Go to your unit and locate the compartment where your air filter is attached.

  2. Turn off your unit

  3. Carefully detach the air filter

  4. Once the air filter is removed, this is your opportunity to clean the surrounding frame where your filter is to be attached. You may notice some dirt laying around the corners so use a cloth or vacuum to remove them.

  5. Make your way to your sink, washroom, or backyard and precisely rinse the filter.

  6. After rinsing, scrub the filter with a mixture of water and vinegar. This eliminates the potential buildup of bacteria that may be clinging on to your filter.

  7. Once you are done scrubbing, you may leave the filter to soak in a bowl of clean water.

  8. After five minutes of soaking, you may now set the filter to dry. Find a dry spot inside or outside your house where your filter can receive direct sunlight.

  9. Once completely dry, you may then reattach the filter into your unit.

Here's a D-I-Y checklist on how to replace your air filter:

  1. Make sure to have your new air filter prepared with the correct fit. different units may have different sizes so make sure it's the correct one otherwise it will not work.

  2. You may then proceed to delicately remove the old filter. When doing so, make sure the dust collected in the old filter does not drop into your unit. Otherwise, you will have to clean up more than you should.

  3. Once the air filter is removed, this is your opportunity to clean the surrounding frame where your filter is to be attached. You may notice some dirt lying around the corners so use a cloth or vacuum to remove them.

  4. Lastly, correctly fit the new filter. There should be directional arrows on the filter and the filter frame to help guide you.

Filters can have a service lifespan of up to six months but always try to have them replaced at least two or three times in a year. There are different types of filters to choose. If you are unsure what type of filter you want, you can always inquire from your local HVAC professional service.

If you're looking for HVAC experts to help answer your questions, then leave us a message or send us a call. We'll be glad to help you out. Contact a reliable Westshore Mechanical technician at (616) 837-8088.

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