Where is my furnace filter?
The weather has been more than a little bit frightful around certain areas of the country lately. Have you found yourself spending more time indoors than usual? Hopefully you’ve taken the steps to make sure that your indoor air is as fresh as possible – mainly by making sure your filter is fresh.
There are a number of things that can be indicators for a dirty filter. These include, more dust accumulation than usual, higher utility bills, systems that run longer than necessary, and more! For some people, it can be tricky to actually locate the filter and change it, but it doesn’t have to be.
So, where is your furnace filter located?
Well, there are several places that your furnace filter can be located. Here are a few:
- Between your equipment and your ductwork.
- Inside of your ductwork.
- In a return grate in your home.
- In multiple return grates in your home.
- Inside the cabinet of your gas furnace or air handler.
If your filter isn’t located in any of the above mentioned places, it’s time to pick up the phone and call your local heating and air conditioning contractor. It can also be a good idea to call a contractor if your filter is located in your equipment or ductwork. You don’t want to fiddle too much with your heating and air conditioning equipment. You could knock something loose, or damage a part, which will lead to some cold winter days without heat!
Also, make sure you turn off your equipment before you go looking for your furnace filter. It is very unsafe to go searching for your filter while your furnace is in operation!
Have you changed your furnace filter recently? Do you know where to look for it?