When and How to Change Your Furnace Filter

December 01, 2015

Maintaining your furnace can go a long way in the time in between furnace service appointments. One of the easiest, and critical, ways to take care of your furnace is in replacing your furnace filter. Having a dirty air filter can contribute to a number of unfavorable problems for your heating and cooling system, its efficiency, and ultimately, how much your energy costs are month after month.

So what goes in to consideration when you should switch out your furnace filter?

  • Type of filter: the two most common filter sizes are 1 inch and 3 inch filters. 1 inch filters typically need to be changed every month and 3 inch filters should be replaced every three months, dependent on the recommendations of the filter manufacturer.
  • Home habits: if you have pets in your home, it might make sense to change your filter more often due to pet dander. If a family member deals with allergies or asthma, contemplate switching out your home’s air filter more regularly to help with their symptoms.

Now you’re probably wondering how to swap out your furnace filter. More than likely, this will vary depending on what furnace you have, but typically: 

  • Open or take off the air filter panel near the bottom of your furnace to uncover an open compartment.
  • On the top of that open compartment is where you will find your furnace filter resting on two metal lips.
  • There will be a bit of space to move your filter back and forth that allows you to bring down one end of the filter and remove it from the compartment.
  • When putting in the new filter, inspect the perimeter of the filter for an arrow that indicates the air flow direction, to be sure you’re installing the filter in the correct direction. In nearly all cases, the arrow should point to the main part (or top) of the furnace. 
At Coastal Service Experts, we offer membership plans that include changing out standard furnace filters. Give us a call today at 912-208-2399 or set up an appointment with us online.