Did you know that poor home air quality can lead to a variety of health-related issues, like allergies, headaches, chronic fatigue and insomnia?
When spending more time indoors during the cold winter months, it’s important to reduce dust and allergens inside the home to help improve the air you and your family breathe.
And while it may seem like another chore, changing your air filter is the first step to a healthier winter. By changing your filter regularly, indoor air quality will be improved, and your furnace won't have to work as hard, which will save you money on energy bills.
Here are five easy steps recommended by The Home Depot Canada to help you get started.
- Start with a clean slate. Before you begin, work to eliminate any sources of indoor contamination such as cigarette smoke, mould or mildew.
- Out with the old. Turn off the power to your furnace and remove the old filter. Once you remove the filter, measure its size and use this as a guideline while shopping for a replacement.
- In with the new. Even your filters can get in on the smart home trend to make your life easier. The new Filtrete Smart Air Filters connect to your mobile device through Bluetooth and keep track of the filter’s lifespan and airflow. This filter also tracks air quality and provides active tips on how to improve it. Find the correct size filter at your local Home Depot Canada store or online at homedepot.ca.
- Install and record. Follow the manufacturer's instructions to install your new filter and make a note of installation date. Generally, experts recommend replacing your furnace filter about every three months.
- Keep tabs. Check your filter regularly. If you have pets or a dusty environment, your filter may require changing more frequently than every three months.