Some of us break out into a sweat when we read the word furnace in a sentence. But learning how to replace a furnace filter is a great way to show some love to the largest and priciest mechanical system in your home. I am here to walk you through how to replace a furnace filter before daylight savings.
Just remember, if you can place a baking sheet in the oven you can change the filter inside your furnace.
You got this!
Daylight savings is my thing. Last year I shared these suggestions in anticipation of the unofficial page-turner for the new season.
To all my first-time homebuyers (or renters), my husband (or myself), or my adulting children remember to change the waffle-looking filters in your furnace as we head into the chilly months across most of the country.
PS Also remember to replace the 9-volt backup batteries in your smoke detectors).
Replacing the filter is my gig (it must be the real estate agent in me) I bet Ted Lasso gets as excited as I do at the mention of furnace filters.
HOW TO REPLACE A FURNACE FILTER
I got you covered on the how-to and the install details.
STEPS TO REPLACE THE FURNACE FILTER
- LOCATE YOUR FURNACE– Seriously not all furnaces are located in the basement. We have an octopus of a furnace which includes three furnace filters in the upstairs bedrooms. This is in my son’s bedroom ceiling.
2. OPEN THE “TRAY” OR “LID” that houses your filter. Hopefully, you have an existing filter in place. Take note of the directional arrow of the old filter.
Remove the filter and take note of the size (dimensions).
3. TAKE A PHOTO OR RECORD THE DIMENSIONS This will save you a zillion minutes trying to remember or guestimate the size of the filter. I added the size to my contacts under “furnace” for future reference.
4. SOURCE ONLINE OR HOME IMPROVEMENT STORES
Ordering filters online was a game-changer for me.
I chose this Made in USA brand. There are multiple American-made brands for filters! Yay!
If you are a reader at Everyday Edits you know my passion is upcycling and finding Made in the USA brands that I share on my Youtube channel
5. REMOVE THE DIRY FILTER
This step should come with a warning.
I took a side-by-side photo to see the difference between filters. This is a great visual to motivate you to purchase or order filters!
When I removed the filter from Evan’s room I had a bit of mom guilt. Good thing my boys do not read my blog.
6. INSERT NEW FILTER
Remember this is as easy as sliding a cookie sheet into an oven.
Just pay attention to the directional arrows of which side (it may not matter) to reinsert the clean filter.
Happy Daylight Savings Week! I hope this tip was helpful.
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