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How To Change Your AC Filter

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You know spring is in the air when the days grow warmer and the flowers start to bloom. It’s a reminder for homeowners to tackle their spring HVAC maintenance checklist.

One task at the top of your list should be replacing your air conditioning filter. This step helps maintain HVAC performance and impacts your home’s indoor air quality. Luckily, replacing your AC filter is easy.

Learn more about why this task is so important and how to change the filter yourself.

Why Should You Replace Your Air Filter?

The air filter is a crucial part of your HVAC system, trapping dust, pollen, pet dander, and other airborne particles so they don’t circulate back into your air. But over time, the filter gets clogged, restricting airflow. You need to replace the filter to prevent overworking your AC, decreasing energy efficiency, and causing damage.

Cleaning the filter also promotes good indoor air quality, which is especially important for those with allergies or respiratory issues. In short, regularly replacing your AC filter ensures your system runs smoothly and keeps the air in your home clean and healthy.

Update Your Air Filter During Spring HVAC Maintenance

Spring is the perfect time to tune up your air conditioner before the summer heat arrives. Adding AC filter replacement to your spring HVAC maintenance routine optimizes system performance, ensures longevity, and saves you money on energy bills.

So before you start using your air conditioner daily, change the filter to prevent future problems and ensure a cool, comfortable home all summer.

Filter Maintenance Tips

Here are some general filter-related maintenance tips to keep your HVAC system running efficiently:

  • Check your filter regularly for dirt and debris buildup. Depending on your filter type and household factors — such as whether you have pets or allergies — you might need to change the filter as often as once a month.
  • Always use the correct size and type of filter recommended by your HVAC system manufacturer.
  • Set reminders to check and replace the filter. Consistency is the key to maintaining air quality and system efficiency.

How To Replace an Air Filter in the Return Air Duct

Replacing your AC filter is straightforward; it only takes a few minutes. Here’s what to do:

  • Locate the return air duct: You should see a large grille on your wall or ceiling near the indoor portion of your AC that houses the air filter.
  • Remove the old filter: Open the grille or cover. You might need a screwdriver to do this. Then, slide the old filter out, paying attention to the arrows on the filter that indicate airflow direction.
  • Dispose of the old filter: Place the old filter in a garbage bag to minimize the spread of dust and allergens.
  • Install the new filter: Slide the new filter into place, making sure the arrows point in the proper direction (toward the AC unit). Secure the grille or cover, and you’re all set.

Call Damiani’s for HVAC Maintenance & Repair in San Antonio, TX

If you’re looking for professional HVAC maintenance, repair, or installation in the San Antonio area, look no further than Damiani’s Comfort Design. As a family-run business with the same owner since 2004, we pride ourselves on providing prompt, professional, and ethical services.

Our employees are background checked and drug tested, so you can have peace of mind knowing exactly who you’re letting into your home.

Contact us today at 210-646-9600 to schedule an appointment or request a quote for HVAC services.

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