How to Change a Furnace Filter -- Buildipedia DIY

coming up next tips to keep your furnace

in top shape this winter on the at-home

channel at build a PDA calm the saying

an ounce of prevention is worth a pound

of cure was never truer than when

talking about your furnace hi I'm Jeff

Wilson and today we're going to give you

some tips and tricks to keep your

furnace operating at its highest

efficiency now whether you have an oil

gas or electric furnace the tips are all

pretty much the same let's have a look

at the furnace that we have here today

this is a natural gas furnace one of the

most important things about a natural

gas or any really any fuel burning

furnace like an oil furnace is to make

sure that the flue gases can escape flue

gases are what's left over after the

fuel burns so carbon monoxide carbon

dioxide some water vapor and some other

things you want to make sure that that

gas can move up the flue and to the

outside without escaping into the house

so you want to visually inspect the flue

pipe and look for corroded parts holes

anything like that if you see a hole

corroded section you'll want to replace

that but if you just see some small

holes you can tape those up with some

foil tape in this case our flue looks

like it's in good shape now if you do

ever have a leakage of flue gases into

the home it can be very dangerous

because carbon monoxide in particular is

odorless colorless and it can kill you

so I like to keep carbon monoxide alarms

in all the areas where my family sleeps

but also I keep a carbon monoxide alarm

in the basement where my furnace is that

way there's ever a leak of carbon

monoxide I'll know now one maintenance

item that any homeowner can do is

changing the filter on their system and

you have lots of choices once you figure

out exactly what size filter you need

you can choose a relatively inexpensive

filter like this this will last about 30

days and they come in packages of

several usually or you can choose a more

expensive replaceable filter like these

these filters have varying levels of

filtration to take out different

contaminants in the air those last about

90 days and then you can also choose a

filter like this one which is cleanable

you can take this out about every 90

days and wash it out and then put it

back into your furnace but changing the

filter pretty much works the

same way no matter what kind of filter

you use first you want to open up the

access panel and since we're going to

open up the access panel we made sure

that we shut our furnace completely off

so we're going to take this off here you

can see the blower fan and motor in

there and here's the filter that filters

are easy to pull out then you want to

put in the new filter and when we put

the new filter in you want to follow the

arrows the arrows tell you which way the

arrow is going to flow and in our case

this is the return this means this is

the cold air coming in from the house

moving in this direction so we'll make

the arrows go this way now once the

filters in if you happen to notice from

excess dirt and grime down here you can

take a vacuum and clean that out it's

also a good time of year to clean out

the floor vents in your house to get any

dirt out of those just close our access

panel back up make sure we turn our

furnace back on now if you do have a

combustion furnace like gas or oil you

will want to have a pro come out every

few years and analyze the combustion to

make sure that your furnace is burning

at its highest efficiency well that's it

just a few furnace maintenance tips and

tricks to keep your family safe and warm

this winter and keep your heating bills

as low as possible

i'm jeff wilson thanks for joining us

and come back often for more home

maintenance advice on the at home

channel at build the pedia comm