It’s okay, we won’t judge if the first thing that comes to mind when you see the word “filter” is to make your photos better on social media. However, this read is all about the various types of filters you may find in your home and how important it is to maintain them.
A/C Furnace Filter
The most commonly known type of filter in a home is the one for the air conditioning unit. If it becomes too dirty and clogged with debris, it could hinder the unit from working properly. This is because the unit will have to work harder to push cold air out but is blocked by debris. It is important to replace air filters at least once every 1-3 months.
It is extremely important to clear the lint filter in your dryer after each load. It is typically located on the bottom line inside of a dryer and pulls out to reveal the lint collected. Excess lint in the dryer could cause overheating and is a potential fire hazard. For easier lint filter maintenance, keep a designated collection bag or trash can close to the dryer to dump the lint after each load.
Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV)
A heat recovery ventilator is a fairly common piece of equipment in newer, energy-efficient homes. They exhaust the stale air and provide a source of filtered air into the home. They contain several filters that should be vacuumed or washed with soap and water regularly- check the owner’s manual if you have one for the best maintenance plan.
The screens under the fans of your kitchen range hood can accumulate dust and grease over time, making their effectiveness decline. Clean it regularly according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
If your home has a gas furnace, it may contain a condensate filter to keep water discharge from polluting water lines. Check the manual for the furnace on how to keep this filter well-maintained.
Taking some extra time to inspect these filters in your home will ensure safety and efficiency to put your mind at ease. Don’t hesitate to reach out to a professional if there’s anything you’re unsure about.