Cleaning Your Air Filter

The air in your home is crucial to your family’s health, and while in the hot summer months you may be more concerned about how cool your house is, you should be more concerned about the cleanliness of the air you’re breathing. Your air filter is responsible for trapping any dust, dander, or other pollutants, keeping the air you breathe clean. Air filters do need to be changed on a regular basis, and it can be useful to know how to clean yours.

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Choosing an Air Filter

Air filters come in two types: disposable and washable. Disposable filters are designed for one-time use, and while they are cheaper, they create more waste than air filters that can be cleaned. Disposable filters can simply be discarded and changed as needed, while washable air filters can be cleaned. 

Cleaning the Filter

While air filters should be cleaned every three months, it’s good to check them on a monthly basis. If your home is prone to pollutant particles, it may need to be cleaned more frequently. To see if it needs to be cleaned, hold the air filter up to a window. If no light is coming through, it’s time to clean the filter. 

To clean your air filter, you’ll need warm water, dish soap, a vacuum cleaner, water sprayer, sponge, drying clothes, and a stepladder. From there, cleaning the filter just takes a few simple steps. Take the filter outside to prevent dust and particles from getting inside your home. 

  1. Turn off the unit.
  2. Open the filter’s cover. You may need a screwdriver to do this. 
  3. Using warm water, rinse away any dust on the filter.
  4. Wash away the grime with dish soap.
  5. Dry the filter. Be sure that the filter is completely dry before replacing it. Any moisture can encourage the growth of mold and mildew.
  6. Replace the filter.

By cleaning the air filter on a regular basis, you can ensure that the air you and your family breathe is clean. Routine maintenance can even extend the lifespan of your unit. At All Temp, located in St. Cloud, we provide routine maintenance, as well as repairs and installations. Learn more about our services by giving us a call at (407) 857-7800.

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