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What Does the Arrow on a Furnace Filter Indicate

What Does the Arrow on a Furnace Filter IndicateChanging the furnace filter can be confusing for those not familiar with how an HVAC system works. Sometimes these filters (which are the same ones for the air conditioner) are in hard-to-access places; sometimes they are easy to reach. What’s more, the many types of filters available can be confusing, as can the directions on the package: just what do those arrows mean, anyway? And what happens if you insert the filter the wrong way? Read on, and find the answers.

 

Changing the Air Filter

 

The filter in your HVAC system may go in the furnace cabinet, the ductwork or in the blower. If you don’t know where your filter is, ask your HVAC tech to show you during your annual HVAC maintenance visit. You can also get a demonstration on how to change the filter if you don’t know how. But if your filter is easy to access and you have no physical challenges that might prevent you from changing it, you may want to change the filter yourself.

 

But first, let’s talk about what kind of filter to buy. Make sure the filter is the right size. Never try to cram the wrong size filter into the slot; never try to trim it down. And when you insert it, make sure the arrows are pointed toward the furnace. and away from the return duct. It won’t destroy your HVAC system if you insert the filter the wrong way one time or so, but it could damage your system if you continuously put a filter in the the wrong direction.

 

How Often Should You Change a Filter?

 

Follow directions on the packaging for changing the filter. If you use a cheap fiberglass filter, change it every month. If you use a better quality pleated filter, change it every two to three months. If you have pets that shed or high traffic in your home, you should change it every two months.

 

If the filter ever gets wet for any reason, change to a dry one.

 

For more about the furnace filter, contact Powers Heating and Air of Peachtree City.

 

Sunroom Cooling Options for Summer

Sunroom Cooling Options for Summer

Sunroom Cooling Options for SummerSunrooms and other patio enclosures are enjoyed by many Georgia homeowners and for good reason – they provide a sheltered extension to the family’s living space, along with protection from irritating insects and other pests. Most such enclosures are add-ons or porch conversions that aren’t part of the home’s conditioned envelope, so they become uncomfortably hot and sticky in the summer months.

If you’re looking for sunroom HVAC or screened-in patio cooling options to make your space more enjoyable, here are some ideas to consider:

Install Ceiling Fans

Even though it’s not feasible to air condition a screened-in porch or patio, you can increase air movement by installing one or more outdoor ceiling fans. The wind chill effect from a fan’s spinning blades evaporates perspiration from the skin, and makes a body feel cooler.

Purchase Removable Glass Inserts

If you want to add cooling to a screened porch or patio to make the space more comfortable, consider installing removable glass inserts to close in the screens. During the milder spring and fall, you can store them away and let fresh air enter through the screens again.

Extend Your Existing HVAC

To make a glassed-in sunroom usable year-round, have a knowledgeable HVAC contractor check whether your home’s existing HVAC can cool the space. To do this, a pro will need to extend the ductwork without sacrificing balanced system airflow. If your equipment is too small to cool the extra square footage, it may be necessary to upgrade.

Invest in a Ductless Unit

Installing a ductless mini-split is an ideal solution for cooling a sunroom, because it doesn’t require making modifications to your main HVAC system. Mini-splits don’t need ductwork and they’re stand-alone units that aren’t complicated to install, so they may be your most cost-effective option. If you decide to extend your existing HVAC or have a mini-split installed, it’s important to air seal and insulate the sunroom first, to make the space as energy efficient as possible.

 

For personalized advice about the best enclosed patio or sunroom HVAC option for your Peachtree City home, contact us at Powers Heating & Air.

 

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.