How To Install A Home Air Filter To Improve Your Air Quality

With pollen in the air and air conditioning systems running frequently, it’s not uncommon for California homeowners to notice indoor air quality problems during summertime. Often, these indoor air issues stem from filters that need to be changed. At One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of the Bay Area, we recommend that you replace your filter once every three months. Fortunately, installing a new filter takes just a few simple steps.

Getting Started

First, make sure to turn off your central air conditioning unit. Next, figure out where the filter is located. Most filters are positioned at a ductwork access point or near your heating unit. You may need a screwdriver to open the access door. Before removing the filter, make sure to note the orientation of the arrow indicating airflow direction.

Finding Your Next Filter

Make sure to measure the dimensions of your current filter or read the size information printed on its side. At the store, in addition to finding an appropriately sized filter, you’ll need to decide what kind of quality you want. Filters that cost more will not last longer, but they can improve your Santa Rosa CA air quality by removing tiny particles, including:

  • Bacteria
  • Pollen
  • Fungi
  • Mold

Upgrading your filter may not be worthwhile if you are content with your current air quality. However, if you suffer from allergies, asthma, or any kind of throat irritation, you may want to invest in a filter with a higher rating.

Finishing the Installation

You should be able to simply slide the new filter into place. Make sure that the flow arrow points in the same direction as before or that the filter is facing the correct direction, as specified by the packaging directions. You may want to write down the dimensions of the filter along with a reminder on your calendar three months ahead.

Unfortunately, old filters are not the only causes of poor indoor air quality. If you have changed your filter and are still noticing issues, please contact One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of the Bay Area for help identifying or fixing the problem. You can reach us at (707) 600-6671.