Installing an air filter in your home is an important step in ensuring that you and your family are breathing clean air. But if you don't install it correctly, it won't be able to do its job properly. To make sure your air filter is installed correctly, follow these simple steps. First, check the filter for an arrow. This arrow indicates the direction of airflow.
If the filter is in the ceiling, the arrow should face the ceiling. If the filter is on the wall, the arrow should face the wall. If your filter doesn't have an arrow, check it again - almost every filter has one. Next, make sure the metal side of the filter is facing away from you. This applies to filters installed in floor, ceiling, or wall air intake vents.
So if the filter is located in an air intake vent on a wall, ceiling, or floor, the arrow should point to the wall, ceiling, or floor accordingly. It's also important to remember that dirty air filters can force your HVAC system to work harder than it needs to, reducing equipment life and increasing your energy bills. An improperly installed air filter can also obstruct airflow and increase strain on HVAC equipment. You can refer to your HVAC manual for exact filter locations and installation instructions, if available. If not, contact an HVAC specialist in your area for help. Finally, remember that these filters need to be changed regularly to remain efficient. As dust and other air particles accumulate on them, they reduce airflow and need to be replaced.
By following these simple steps and changing your air filter regularly, you can ensure that you and your family are breathing clean air.