Change Air Filters Regularly and Breathe Easier this Winter

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Breathing. That simple inhale/exhale motion we all do from the moment we’re born and continue for our whole lives is something we may take for granted. But should you? During the cold winter months in Westchester and Putnam Counties, air quality in the home can become filled with airborne debris — particularly because of increased heat demands. This poor air quality can not only pose a health risk to you and your family, but it can also cause damage to your home….and your wallet.

From White Plains to Waccabuc, Yonkers to Yorktown, Robison Oil has been serving homeowners in Westchester and Putnam for 100 years offering expert care of all home systems needs — including indoor air quality.

The air filter is one of the simplest components of your home heating and cooling system, but it is also one of the most important. That’s why we advise you to routinely monitor your air filter to prevent it from becoming clogged with dirt, dust or debris, and airborne bacteria. According to the National Air Filtration Association, a clean air filter allows for better indoor air quality, improved energy efficiency, and ultimately, lower energy costs.

When to Change Your Air Filter

The typical window to change your air filter is every 30 to 60 days. In the winter, it should be changed every 30 days to help maintain healthy air quality. You should also change every 30 days if you live in a large home, have pets, or if you or a family member suffer from allergies or other respiratory conditions.

How to change your air filter:

  1. Usually, the filter will be adjacent to the furnace and is inserted where the ductwork meets the furnace.
  2. Pull the old filter out and discard it.
  3. On the new filter, find the arrow indicating the proper airflow direction. The arrow must face toward the furnace and away from the return duct that pulls the air in need of heating or cooling.
  4. Label the new filter with the date you are changing it to help you keep track of how long it’s been between changes.
  5. Slide the new filter in with the arrow pointing toward the furnace.
  6. The furnace or the filter air box most likely will contain the correct filter measurements for replacement filters or just check the filter itself.

Here at Robison, we care about your home’s air quality and will do our utmost to educate you on what you can do to help maximize your air quality all year long. You can also count on us to handle your home’s more complex air quality needs, such as duct cleaning to full-system installation. We follow all COVID-safety protocols and follow the National Air Duct Cleaning Association’s high standards to ensure expert work and customer service. Call us at (914) 730-5287 today for a consultation.

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