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5 Steps for Cleaning your Furnace Filter

Heating season is just around the corner, and that means it is time to get ready for it.  One of the best things you can do is schedule a furnace inspection, but the next best thing is to make sure that your furnace has a clean furnace filter.  Forced air heating and cooling systems share the same filter, so you should have been keeping up with filter maintenance over the summer, but in case you haven’t been, be sure to start out with a clean one this fall.

There are many different kinds furnace filters.  Disposable filters can simply be thrown away and replaced by purchasing a new one at a hardware store.  Reusable filters can be cleaned with a hose.  But, how do you actually get to your furnace filter and clean it?  East! Follow these five steps:

  1. Turn off the furnace- from the main circuit breaker or the service panel on the furnace
  2. The filter can often be found near the blower, and it is a square/rectangle type mesh device.  You will recognize it when you see it
  3. Remove the filter from the furnace
  4. Now it is time to either throw it out, or wash it.  (This is somewhat like pulling the “lint catcher” out of the dryer, just a little bigger and messier).  Be sure to check what kind you have before throwing it away!
  5. Either wash the filter and put it back when it is dry or go purchase a new one!  If you are buying a new one, don’t forget to measure the old one, so you know what size to get.

This task may sound overwhelming at first, but as you can see, it is actually quite easy.  You should clean or replace your filter every few months.  However, if you have any other questions regarding it- do not hesitate to contact Flame.  We are happy to help with all of your residential heating and cooling needs.

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