If ever there was a time that winter blues really kick in, February is it — stuck in limbo between winter and spring. So we’ve come up with a way to help distract you from vacantly staring out the window, wishing for spring weather to arrive. Paul Davis is hereby announcing February as the winner of Filter Replacement Month.
We’re willing to speculate these items in your household haven’t been cleaned in a long while: your HVAC and appliance filters. So to make use of your spare time this winter, why not get those filters cleaned up or replaced and working like new? Here’s how.
Furnace Filters: These come to mind quickly when anyone says “filter” in the winter. When was the last time you replaced the filter in your furnace? Take a few moments to pull the filter from its place. Write down the size and the way it was inserted into your furnace so you don’t put the replacement in backwards. From there, go to your local hardware store and find a filter that will help you start fresh in February.
Dryer Filters: It’s important to clean your dryer filter after every load. Not only does it help prevent fires, it’s also good for your clothes. Excess lint in your dryer vent can cause problems, too. Dryer vents should be thoroughly cleaned about once a year to avoid problems like excessive lint in your home. February is a great time to do that.
Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps: Often, these units become covered in ice or debris such as dirt, sticks, and grass. When was the last time you cleaned off your unit? If you can’t recall, take 30 minutes to clean everything off, and if not in use, cover the unit if possible. Also, be sure to keep the area around these units free of plants and shrubbery.
Kitchen Range: Did you know that your kitchen range has a filter? The screens under fans often accumulate dust and grease over time, which reduces their effectiveness. Be sure to clean the screen this February according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If you have a unit that also recirculates air through the hood and back into your kitchen, replace the carbon filter most are equipped with.
Replacing important filters around your home is a task we easily forget and let fall by the wayside. This February (and every February) remember to replace your filters and keep your home appliances in good working order.