Posted on April 5, 2021
Look, I get it. One of the reasons you're renting a home is to avoid tedious home maintenance tasks. But don't worry, this one is super easy, only has to be done two or three times per year, and will help keep you and your family healthy.
Almost all Central HVAC systems work the same way: they pull in air from outside, run it through the filter, heat or cool the air, then push the air through the ducts and into your home. These filters not only prevent dust and debris from entering your home, but also protect the inner workings of your HVAC system, keeping the efficiency and lifespan optimized. Leaving a dirty filter in the system can slow down the airflow, causing your system to overwork, which will increase your utility bills and reduce the efficacy of the system.
Most filters are pleated paper, as pictured above, and are made to be disposable. When you move in, you should ask your landlord to show you where the filter is located and make sure you know what size filter you will need to buy. They can also let you know the recommended frequency of replacement for the system installed in the home. If you purchase cheaper filters, they may need to be replaced as often as every 30 or 60 days, but better filters can last 90 to 120 days.
Because the filter's job is to capture dust and debris, you may wish to wear a mask and gloves when doing this to protect you from getting a face full of dust. Before you start, make sure to turn off the system, as you don't want it starting up and pulling air through while you are changing the filter.
The filter is likely located behind a removable panel. Locate this, remove the panel, and you will see the filter, which is probably a paper filter in a cardboard frame. You should be able to simply slide the filter out. If not, check for a bracket or arm holding it in place. The filter will have the specifications printed on the frame--the level of filtration it provides and the filter size. Make sure this matches the filter you have purchased.
When you insert the new filter, make sure to pay attention to the frame--there will be an arrow showing you which way the air should flow through the filter. You should be able to tell which direction the air flows by observing the unit and the ductwork, but if you are unsure, check the previous filter's orientation. Once the filter is inserted, double check to ensure it fits snugly, close the panel, and you are all set!
Once you have replaced the panel, you can turn the system back on and enjoy your controlled climate!
Of course, if you have any questions about replacing the filter in your Staffordshire Realty home, please reach out to us and we can provide guidance.