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How Do I Change My Furnace Filter?

Increase air quality, comfort and fuel efficiency by changing your furnace filter regularly

furnace filter Bayonne, NJ Whether during the dead of winter or summer’s hottest days, our heating and cooling systems take on a lot of work in peak seasons. If you live in Staten Island, Bayonne or other parts of New Jersey and New York, you know firsthand how these cold snaps and heat waves can take a toll on that climate workhorse that keeps your home comfy.

Because it shares the same ducts for heating and cooling, your furnace ends up blowing a lot of debris through them over the course of the year. And the more often they run, the more debris collects in the furnace air filter. That’s why it’s so important to change or clean your filter regularly.

What does my furnace filter do?

Your furnace’s filter is the primary “gatekeeper” for the air that circulates throughout your home’s ductwork and into every room in your home. Its main job is to trap gunk and debris, keeping the ducts clear and your air cleaner.

Over time, though, the filter inevitably becomes clogged. With less room for air to flow throughout the system, the furnace has to work a lot harder. Not only will air quality go down, but your heating or cooling bills will go up since the furnace has to expend more energy to get air moving.

The longer you wait to replace or clean your filter, the more likely it is to cause premature wear and tear on equipment parts. Eventually that can end up in a frozen cooling coil or other complete mechanical failure — and that in turn results in costly repairs you could have avoided.

But how often should you change the filter? And how do you do it? Here’s a quick guide to make sure you keep your system operating at peak efficiency.

What kind of filter do I need?

Your furnace owner’s manual should indicate what type of filter your equipment uses. If you’ve misplaced your manual and have never changed the filter before, the easiest way to know which one to buy is to remove the existing one and look at the description on it. (Before you do that, be sure to follow manufacturer’s instructions found in the manual or online and turn the furnace off before removing the filter and/or replacing it.) Buying replacement filters should be easy as they’re abundantly available in most home improvement and hardware stores or online.

When and how to change your furnace filter

You’ll find your filter either inside the furnace or inside the return air vent. Note that some filters are meant to be thrown away and replaced with a new one, whereas others (indicated by a plastic frame) are able to be cleaned and reused.

When it comes to frequency for changing or cleaning your furnace’s air filter, you’ll want to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. Generally speaking, it’s a good idea to check on your filter once a month during peak seasons and then change or clean it if it looks dirty.

Extend your furnace’s lifespan with a service plan

Changing your furnace filter regularly is just one of several important elements of a solid year-round maintenance approach. The best way to ensure that your furnace will operate efficiently and last its full lifespan is to sign up for a Rucci Oil service plan for your heating and cooling system.

Regular maintenance keeps your system running safely and helps us catch any minor problems before they can become major headaches. It can also help you cut your energy costs and avoid surprise repair bills. Our 15-point heating and cooling tune-ups are each included in your service plan at no extra charge.

Sign up for a service plan today!

We provide experienced, reliable heating and cooling maintenance and repair services to homeowners throughout Staten Island, Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan and select parts of New Jersey. For more information about our service plan options, contact us today!