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How To Clean a Reusable Air Filter

For years you have heard your HVAC technicians at AWS Plumbing, Heating & Cooling tell you how important air filters are for your system. They not only rid your air of most allergens, dust, pollen, pet dander, and bacteria, but they also help with ventilation for your entire HVAC system.

If you have been following us for a while, you know that it is essential that you replace your air filters at least every three months for the best indoor air quality results. But did you know that there are reusable filter options available for your home?

Reusable Air Filters

If you’re looking for more ways to live sustainably, reusable air filters are a great place to start. These can be reused for a long period of time and work just as well as disposable filters. Plus, they eliminate the cost of purchasing a new filter every few months!

All you need to do is put the filter in place and clean it every so often as it becomes filled with pollutants. Read on for our instructions on how to efficiently and effectively clean reusable filters.

Cleaning Filters

Before beginning, consider wearing gloves and a mask to protect yourself from any dust and debris that may circulate into the air during the process.

1. Start by turning off your HVAC system.

2. Next, locate the service panel on your unit and open it. Find the filter and carefully remove it.

3. Lay the filter on a flat surface and vacuum away all the gathered debris, taking care not to apply too much pressure so you don’t create any rips or tears.

4. Fill your sink with equal parts of white vinegar and warm water and allow the filter to soak in the solution for about an hour. The vinegar will help remove bacteria and germs.

5. If there is still grime on the filter, carefully use your hands or a very soft brush to help scrub it away. Be very gentle when doing so, you don’t want to poke any holes!

6. Rinse under a low pressure stream of warm water.

7. Leave the filter to dry completely before replacing it back into your system and turning on the HVAC again!

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