Do you have an HVAC system with a filter that can be cleaned rather than replaced? If so, this can make the process of providing clean air to your home something that you have no excuse to ignore. There is no need to head out to the store and buy the right kind of air filter, since all you need to do is take some time to clean the existing filter that you have. Here are some tips for getting the filter clean again.

Shut Down The System

Start by shutting down your HVAC system before you do anything. You do not want the system to kick on unexpectedly while the filter has been removed, which can cause dust to enter your ductwork and the rest of your home.

Access And Remove The Air Filter

Accessing your air filter should be as easy as opening up the compartment that houses the filter. This may require a screwdriver to access underneath the panel, or be a door that simply opens. Remove the filter and give it a simple inspection to make sure that it is fit for reinserting into your HVAC system. You want to identify places where the filter may be torn and letting air pass through without being filtered. If it looks to be in good shape, you can continue with the cleaning process.

Clean The Air Filter

You can use a vacuum with its handheld attachment for cleaning the air filter. Move the hose of the vacuum over the filter with a gentle motion to suck up as much dust as possible. Try to keep the vacuum directly on the surface of the filter, since removing the hose can cause filter fibers to be pulled outward.

Disinfecting the air filter can be done by submerging the filter with a solution of equal parts vinegar and water. Let the filter soak for several hours to kill off any bacteria in the filter.

Dry The Air Filter

The air filter can dry outside under natural sunlight, which will help remove moisture in the filter without damaging the fibers. The filter will be ready to reinsert into your HVAC system when it is dry to the touch.

These steps should help you maintain a clean air filter that provides great air quality for your home. For more information about HVAC system maintenance, reach out to a local air conditioning contractor for help.