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Changing Your HVAC Filter

Changing your air filter is an essential maintenance task that should be prioritized. A dirty filter can cause your HVAC system to work harder, leading to increased energy consumption and higher utility bills. Furthermore, it can reduce the air quality in your home, leading to respiratory problems and other health issues. It’s vital to change your air filter regularly to keep your home comfortable and running efficiently.

When you rent a RENU home, it’s important to note that changing your HVAC filter is your responsibility as a tenant. Failure to do so may result in damage to your HVAC system, and you may be held liable for any repair costs. Here’s a more detailed look at why and how you should change your air filter regularly.

Why Change Your Air Filter?

This filter is responsible for trapping dust, pollen, pet dander, and other airborne particles. Over time, the filter becomes clogged with these materials, making it harder for air to flow through it. This can cause your system to work harder to maintain the desired temperature, leading to higher energy consumption and increased utility bills.

A dirty filter can also reduce the air quality in your home, which can cause respiratory problems, especially for people with allergies or asthma. By changing your filter regularly, you can improve your home’s air quality, reduce energy bills, and extend the life of your furnace.

How Often Should You Change Your Air Filter?

The frequency at which you should change your filter depends on several factors, such as the type of filter, the size of your home, and the number of occupants. However, you should change your furnace filter at a minimum of once every three months. 

How to Change Your Air Filter

Changing your furnace filter is a relatively easy task that you can do yourself. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you get started:

  1.  Locate your filter. It’s typically found on the return air duct or inside the blower compartment. If you’re not sure where it is, consult your furnace manual or contact your property manager for assistance.
  2.  Check the size of your old filter and purchase a new one with the same dimensions. You can find replacement filters at hardware stores or online. Make sure to choose a filter with a high MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) rating for maximum efficiency.
  3.  Turn off your furnace before removing the filter. This will prevent dust and debris from circulating in your home while you change the filter.
  4.  Remove the old filter and dispose of it properly. You can place it in a plastic bag and throw it in the trash.
  5.  Install the new filter, making sure to follow the arrows on the filter and the filter slot, so the air flows in the right direction. Make sure the filter fits snugly in the slot to prevent air leaks.
  6. Turn your furnace back on and enjoy improved air quality and lower energy bills.

Set a Reminder

It’s easy to forget when you last changed your furnace filter, which is why it’s essential to set a reminder. You can mark the date on your calendar or set a reminder on your smartphone or computer to help you remember when it’s time to change your filter. By doing so, you can ensure that your furnace runs efficiently and keep your home comfortable all year round.