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How to change your furnace filter (why to do it and how often)

“Always pick your yard based on your Summer lifetstyle.”

~ KARL

May 9, 2019 - Karl Yeh

"I'll give you three reasons why it's really important to be changing your furnace filter. The first one would be, it will prolong the life of your furnace. The second is it's going to improve the air quality inside your home and the third is it's going to reduce your energy costs."

Forget to change your furnace filter again? Didn't know you had to change it? Why does it need to be done? In this episode, we discuss how to change your furnace filter, how often it needs to be changed and why it needs to be done. 

   

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Hi, everyone. I'm Karl. Welcome to another Homebuyer's School video, specifically our homeowner how-tos. Remember, if this is your first time on this channel and you want to get the latest strategies from the experts, hit the subscription button below, hit the little notification bell, so you don't miss anything.

Karl Yeh:                             

Today, we're actually in the basement out of a home, joined by Ilana Staniscia [00:00:30] with Brookfield Residential, and we're going to show you

How to change a furnace filter in your home

Ilana, before we begin,

Why would we want to do this?

Ilana Staniscia:                  

Great question.

I'll give you three reasons why it's really important to be changing your furnace filter.

  • The first one would be, it will prolong the life of your furnace.
  • The second is it's going to improve the air quality inside your home and
  • the third is it's going to reduce your energy costs.

Karl Yeh:                              Perfect.

Ilana Staniscia:                   Yeah.

Karl Yeh:                              Let's get to it.

Changing your furnace filter

Ilana Staniscia:                  

Absolutely.

The first step you're going to want to do is locate the metal box situated between the return air duct and the furnace itself. That's this little guy [00:01:00] right here.

You're going to want to remove the cover first. Give it a firm tug because it's a friction fit. In here, you'll see your dirty filter.

Sometimes, it can be a little bit tricky to pull out. If you're having a hard time pulling it out, a good tip is to turn your furnace off entirely. This way, this should come out with ease.

After you take your dirty one out, go ahead and put your clean [00:01:30] one in. You'll want to line up the arrow on the filter to be facing the furnace itself. Put your cover back on. That's it. You're done.

Karl Yeh:                             

When would you actually your furnace filter? How often?

Ilana Staniscia:                  

You know, there's no one size fits all answer answer.

For the first year, we recommend you check it once a month to see how long [00:02:00] one filter will last you.

If you're unsure, a good idea is to probably change it once every three months.

I found it's helpful to set up an online subscription. It's delivered to my door every time I know I need to change it.

Karl Yeh:                             

Perfect.

Thank you very much for joining us and remember, if you have any questions about changing your furnace filter, let us know in the comment section below.

Remember, if you enjoyed this video and found it helpful, make sure to hit the like and subscribe button. Thank you very much for joining us and we'll catch you next time.

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Let us know if you have additional homeowner or home buying questions that we can answer by submitting them in the comments section below. 

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About Ilana Staniscia:

Ilana is a Sales Associate entering her third year at Brookfield. She is originally from Ontario. When she’s not in the show home you can likely find her doing something creative and making art!

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