An Easy Fix

Log Home Living - - BRANCHING OUT -

Chang­ing a fil­ter may seem like a pain, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are the top six tips when chang­ing fil­ters:

1 Turn off the unit first. This puts your safety first and you won’t risk touch­ing any live volt­age. It also helps keep your unit safe. If your unit is still run­ning while you’re re­mov­ing the clogged fil­ter, dust and de­bris can en­ter and cause it to mal­func­tion.

2 Choose the right size. Re­move the fil­ters that are cur­rently in place and look at them care­fully. Check out a rat­ing sys­tem like MERV (Min­i­mum Ef­fi­ciency Re­port­ing Value). Based on a fil­ter’s thick­ness it will point you in the right di­rec­tion (the thicker the bet­ter, within lim­its), as can the brand name or di­men­sions you find on the fil­ters you’re re­plac­ing.


Con­sider qual­ity care­fully. Buy fil­ters that are dou­ble framed, which are a higher qual­ity and more durable than the ones found at big-box re­tail­ers.

4 Look for any gaps around the fil­ter frame. If there are gaps you may have the wrong size fil­ter, or the fil­ter it­self may be de­fec­tive or dam­aged.

5 Keep main­te­nance records. Jot down the date of fil­ter re­place­ment on the side of the fil­ter for the next time you in­spect it. A fil­ter that be­comes dirty enough to change within a short pe­riod of time may mean there’s a prob­lem with the sys­tem, so mon­i­tor­ing is important.

6 In­spect fil­ters reg­u­larly. Once the fil­ters are in­stalled, keep an eye on them. When they be­come sat­u­rated with dirt and par­ti­cles, it’s time to re­place them. A good re­minder is to check them at the start of each sea­son, or ev­ery three months on av­er­age.

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