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Top 5 Tips On Keeping Your Furnace Air Filters Clean
by Kathryn Whittaker

When it comes to household cleaning, you must make sure that your furnace air filters are clean and monitored regularly. Air filters are essential for removing particles from the air to ensure you have a good quality of air inside your house. In addition, it should be well taken care of and it should be checked once in a while to ensure its effectiveness. First and foremost, you must have your gas equipment checked regularly.

It is strongly suggested that you change and clean your air filters. Imagine having dirty furnace filters. They increase your heating expenses and lessen the life span of your furnace. You should inspect and check your replacement filters at least once a month. During the heating or cooling seasons, be sure to check them at least twice a month.

Make sure to clean and wash them monthly if you have permanent filters. Electronic air cleaner filters should be cleaned and washed every one or two months. When checking on the blower motor, be sure that you have turned off the electric power first before working on the motor. If your furnace belt is broken or damaged, replace it immediately. And make sure that the part you are using for replacement is the right part. It is good to have a spare belt on hand at all times. Be sure to turn off the power first before making any adjustments or modifications. When oiling the fan monitor, always check the motor keenly. There are some types of furnaces that need not be lubricated. However, most of the fan motors need regular oiling.

In addition, when examining the fan or blower, make sure that the fins on the blower fan are dust-free and have no dirt on them. Make sure that the frame or housing of the fan is free of debris. When checking on the dehumidifier, make sure that you set the proper humidity level to save on heating expenses. It is advised that you clean your humidifier one a month. However, if you are using hard water, you need to check on it more often. You should replace the pad or wick of your humidifier once a year. It is important to check the chimneys and vents. But before that, you should examine whether your chimney or vent is obstructed with debris. If you have metal chimneys, paint the exposed metal chimney with an outdoor primer then apply outdoor latex paint to inhibit rust.

It is advised that you keep your furnace area clean and tidy. As much as possible, do not store chemicals, paint strippers, paint thinners, chlorine, kerosene, gasoline and other similar chemicals in the furnace room. Remove any obstructions that could get in the way when you are examining the furnace. These are just some of the tips that you can follow in order to maintain that dust-free household air that you have always wanted using air filters.

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