It’s the holidays and it’s the season to be busy, busy, busy. Funny fact! I love to paint (a room) just before any major holiday. So a week before Thanksgiving, while painting my son’s room, I caught a glimpse of the air duct system in his ceiling and remembered I needed to change the furnace filter.
Why Changing the Furnace Filter is a Good Idea
I used to remind (nag) my husband to change the furnace filter And, then I would remind him again. I finally decided I needed to know how to change a furnace filter if it was going to get done on my timeline. So I jumped right into the task and bought a case of furnace filters here; I still have five in the box.
So much for changing the filter on a regular basis. I intentionally bought the filters in bulk so I wouldn’t have to run out and get “just one.” I also bought them in bulk so I could take “ownership” of this job.
And, I knew I would change the filter more regularly if I had a case stashed in the garage. So much for that logic! Here’s why we need to change the furnace filter.
This is the furnace I removed from the air duct. This had a 1/4″ of dust and God only knows what else. I can’t get the visual out of my mind. When I saw the filter through the grate I thought the color of the filter was gray. Until I grabbed the new filter and was faced with a pretty shade of blue. You know what I did for fun? I grabbed a Sharpie and wrote the date I replaced the filter.
New Furnace Filter
Before & After Furnace Filter
Yep, it’s an easy way to gauge how often I need to change the furnace filters. I take the job and responsibility seriously. So get ahead of this dust trap and change the furnace filters before the new year!