One of the most daunting tasks for many homeowners is cleaning their air filters. Although the task may seem overwhelming, it’s actually quite simple. If you ever feel that your air filter needs some TLC or a fresh clean, here are three easy DIY steps on how to clean it.
Step 1: Brush the Debris
Once you’ve removed the filter from your unit, take a paint brush and clean away the dirt and debris off of the filter. Using gentle sweeping motions, you can accumulate a decent amount of airborne debris off of the filter’s panels. Although using water is the best for cleaning your filter, it can’t pick off most of the debris that has built up over time. If you don’t have a paint brush, head to your home improvement store and pick one up there.
Step 2: Wash it Away
After you’ve brushed away most of the dirt and debris, it’s time to wash the rest away in your sink. Going against the grain of airflow in the filter, send lukewarm water through each of the panels. By doing this you’ll effectively clean the filter, which will rid of a large majority of the airborne matter out of the filter’s fabric. This will ensure your filterworks much more effectively when in your unit.
Step 3: Let It Dry
Finally, once the initial cleaning is done on the filter, it’s time to let it dry. The most effective way to dry an air filter is to let it air dry. Since pat drying can be a simple way to miss a spot, air drying will definitely clean and dry the entire mechanism more effectively. Once the filter has completely dried, securely place it back in your unit and then it will be good to go!
At Mitch Wright Plumbing Heating & Air, we are dedicated to helping you improve indoor air quality through air filtration systems, ultraviolet light air purification systems, and more! For more information on the services we offer give us a call at (662) 269-0851.