How to Change Your Furnace Filter

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It’s time for runny noses and stale air as we shut up our homes and prepare for winter. There’ s not much we can do about the cold, but changing your furnace filter monthly does wonders for keeping winterized homes comfortable. It’s just about the easiest home maintenance you can do, and you’ll breath easier for weeks.

Materials Needed

Furnace filter closed

Furnace Filter

They cost a few bucks apiece from your local big box store. Measure the width and height of your current filter and use that at the store – too large and it won’t fit, too small and it won’t work. Get a few – ideally the filter should be changed monthly during winter.

1) Find your furnace – it’s the really big, loud, metal thing in your basement.

2) Locate the filter – It’s usually easily accessible – this one is right between the incoming duct and the main machinery.

Furnace Filter Before and After
Furnace Filter Before and After

Check the Filter

Slide out the existing filter & check it. If you can’t see light through it, it’s gotta go.

Furnace filter open

Change the Filter

If it’s not dirty, slide it back and go about your day, making a note to check it in two weeks. If it’s dirty, change it.

All done? Toss the old filter and go have some ice cream, because you’ve accomplished something today.

We realize that messing with big machines isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. If you would like assistance, please let the PAM team know.

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