Did you know that the air you breathe in your home is two to five times more polluted than the air outside? And that your home’s air filters are one of the best ways to protect your family from indoor air pollution? Air filters help remove pollutants from the air, including dust, smoke, pet dander, and pollen. They also capture particles from cooking, cleaning, and renovating activities.

By changing your home’s air filters regularly, you can help improve your family’s air quality and reduce their exposure to pollutants. This is particularly important for those with allergies or other respiratory issues. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends changing your home’s air filters as often as every month. However, depending on your situation, you might be able to change your filters every three months.

A clogged air filter can make your AC unit work harder, which can lead to higher energy bills and premature wear and tear. Dirty Ac filters also contribute to poor indoor air quality. In this article, we’ll show you how to change the air conditioner filter. Keep reading to learn more.

Identify the location and type of air conditioner filter.

The first step in changing an air conditioner filter is locating the filter. Filters are usually located behind a metal grate on a wall or ceiling inside the home near the air conditioner. Once the filter has been located, it must be removed from its housing. This is usually done by unscrewing a few screws or pulling a tab to release it from its holding place. Once the filter is out, you need to identify the type of filter.

You'll want to take note of the type and size of the filter to ensure that you replace it with a comparable product. You can also check the MERV rating (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) on your air filter. The average rating for most home filters is six. However, if indoor air quality is very important to you, go with a higher number. This will reduce the allergens in your home’s air, which is especially important for family members with asthma or allergies.

Replace the air filter and record the date.

Once you purchase a new filter for your home, you'll want to install it the same way you removed the old one. You'll want to make sure that you put the filter in the correct way. Typically, there are arrows on the filter to show you which way to install it. This is an important step for ensuring proper airflow. You'll also want to ensure that there aren't any gaps or openings around the outside of the filter. If you notice gaps around the edge, you could have the wrong size filter. Gaps or openings will allow unfiltered air to circulate in your home.

After you have installed the air conditioner's filter correctly, you'll want to record the date. As discussed, you should change your filter at least every three months. You'll want to put this date on your calendar or on your phone so that you will remember when it is time to change it again.

The signs of a dirty HVAC filter are typically quite noticeable, especially if the filter is very dirty. A dirty filter will cause the HVAC unit to work harder than necessary, and it may also lead to a number of other issues. If your HVAC unit runs for a longer period of time than normal in order to achieve the desired temperature, it could be a sign of a dirty filter.

Additionally, if you notice that your HVAC unit cycles on and off more frequently than normal, you may need to check the filter. If you notice any issues with temperature inconsistencies, a dirty air filter could also be blamed. Changing the air filter in your air conditioner is an important task that should be done regularly to keep your unit running efficiently. By changing out your air filter regularly, you can keep your unit running smoothly and help ensure healthy indoor air quality.