A clean furnace filter significantly improves the quality of the air in your Long Island home. Unfortunately, your furnace filter is one of those out-of-sight, out-of-mind home maintenance issues – easy to forget about, but important to the health and maintenance of your furnace and the ongoing comfort of your family.
When dust bunnies start appearing or pet hair starts piling up, it might draw your attention to the issue. There are a few tried and true strategies you can follow to help assure your furnace stays in tip-top shape as long as possible.
Because furnace filters vary greatly from manufacturer to manufacturer and because their recommended change times vary as well, there’s no hard and fast rule of thumb. The best place to start is with the manual that came with your furnace. If you have an older furnace or have recently purchased your Long Island home and can’t put your hands on your original manual, take a look online or call or email the manufacturer and request a replacement manual.
Changing the filter is usually a simple DIY task. Carefully slide out the old furnace filter and dispose of it. Since it’s covered with dust, dander and debris, dispose of it in a safe place where children and pets can’t get to it. Slide the new filter into place and you’re pretty much done.
A few things to remember:
- It’s best to replace your furnace filter monthly.
- Never replace your existing furnace filter with an incorrectly sized one.
- Consider turning off your furnace briefly just prior to replacing your filter.
- Consult your manual if you’re unsure of where the filter is located.
Consider specialty filters while you’re making this simple change. There are furnace filters designed specifically to reduce the amount of allergens in the air and furnace filters designed specifically for the homes of smokers. There are scented furnace filters to give your home a fragrant, luxurious feel. Regularly changing the furnace filter is one of the fastest, easiest ways to maximize the efficiency of the furnace in your Long Island home. If you want to learn more, please call Rebmann for furnace repair in Long Island, NY!