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How Much Do You Know About Your HVAC System Air Filter?

Do you know why your HVAC system comes with an air filter? How about where the air filter is located? Chances are that you’ve never given either of these factors much thought. However just because your air filter is out of sight doesn’t mean it should be out of your mind. The air filter is designed to protect the inside components of your HVAC system, and as a result should be changed or cleaned on a regular basis.

The general rule for changing or cleaning your air filter—a task that can and should be done on your own—is every three months for normal conditions. If you have excessive contaminants in your home, such as pet dander or cigarette smoke, then you may want to perform this task more often.

Below, we’ve shared a couple other facts about air filters that will help you understand its importance in keeping your system running efficiently and effectively.

What Exactly Does the Air Filter do?

Your air filter serves as a safeguard for your HVAC system. This air filter, despite what you might believe, is not designed to keep your indoor air clean. You’ll want to invest in an air cleaner or a dedicated air filtration system for that. Instead, the air filter that comes standard with your system prevents debris that is drawn into the return ducts from reaching the AC’s cabinet and damaging the interior components by causing friction on the system’s motors.

The Location of Your Filter

Knowing that you need to change your air filter doesn’t do much good if you don’t know where it’s at. Air filters can be found in different spots depending on your home and your particular HVAC system. Typically though, air filters are on the intake side of the indoor air handler. You’ll see a slot where you can pull it out form to replace or clean it. If you are unsure of where it is, however, confide in one of our professionals and we’ll be happy to help you out!

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