Learn how to replace your Calgary air filter in 5 EASY STEPS!
If spring cleaning in your Calgary home is a rite of passage, you’ll have a set routine for what gets cleaned and what doesn’t. One item that may not be on your list is your heating and cooling system’s Calgary air filter. Generally out of sight and out of mind, your HVAC system’s air filter provides two important benefits:
- It helps reduce buildup of dust and dirt on your HVAC system’s internal components so the system operates more efficiently
- It helps keep the air in your home a little cleaner, reducing the buildup of dust on furniture, and enabling you to breathe a little easier
Left for too long, a dirty HVAC system air filter will do the following:
- Reduce your comfort
- Reduce heating and cooling energy efficiency
- Make your system work harder, and
- System will shut down completely when air flow is severely restricted (in more extreme cases).
The good news is, replacing your Calgary air filter is, in most cases, easy to do, inexpensive, and not overly time consuming. Here’s how to replace your Calgary air filter:
1. Locate Your Calgary Air Filter
For most Calgary heating and cooling systems, the air filter is located in your home either in a basement, utility closet or garage, attached to the blower section of your air handler (usually a furnace or fan coil). There are two places where it’ll be located:
- Inside the furnace or fan coil cabinet
- Outside the cabinet in the return air vent with its own separate access panel or door
2. Turn Off the System
Turn off the system using the thermostat settings, or by using the power cutoff switch typically mounted on the side of the furnace or fan coil (often looks like a light switch). Ensure to turn back on again once your replacement is completed.
3. Remove & Inspect the Filter
Before removing the filter, ensure the system is turned off and note the direction airflow arrows are pointing, if any. Remove the filter and inspect. If there is obvious buildup of dirt or dust, or you can’t see light through the filter, it’s time to replace. You can buy a replacement by contacting your local Carrier® Factory Authorized Dealer, Fagnan’s Furnace Service in Calgary, Alberta. If there is only light buildup or you can see light through the filter, use your judgment. Inexpensive, 1-inch filters should be replaced every 2-3 months. 4-inch media filters can last up to 1 year, but should be inspected every 2-3 months.
4. Replace the Filter & Cabinet Door
Carefully slide the new filter into place, with airflow arrows oriented properly as noted in step 3. Close or replace the air handler cabinet door or filter cabinet door.
5. Restore Power
Turn on the system at the thermostat or using the power cutoff switch located on the side of the furnace or fan coil. Once you get into the habit, you’ll find that heating and cooling air filter replacement is an easy, inexpensive way to help keep your home, and your HVAC system, looking good and operating at its best.