How to Clean a Reusable Air Filter

Washable FilterSo you decided to save money by purchasing a reusable/washable air filter. However, part of saving money on the overall cost is making sure you actually wash it. Otherwise, you’ll be putting extra money toward your utility bill when your Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system has to go into overdrive just to push your air past all the dust and debris that’s built up. Here’s a guide on how to clean a reusable air filter.

How To

  1. Turn off the electricity to your HVAC system.
  2. Remove the unit cover.
  3. Now, you’ll be able to remove your air filter. Do so.
  4. Vacuum off as much dust and debris from the filter as possible. Also, make sure to vacuum around the unit as well.
  5. There are many different solutions you can use for cleaning your filter. However, we suggest mixing ½ white vinegar and ½ water in a tub large enough to be able to submerge your air filter. (This solution helps remove bacteria and kill allergens.)
  6. Let your air filter soak. If you clean your ac filter regularly, then an hour should do the trick. If you’ve been skimping a bit, you should let it soak for several hours.
  7. After soaking, remove the air filter from the solution and let it sit to dry. Don’t rinse it.
  8. Once thoroughly dried, replace the filter and vent cover. Don’t forget to turn the electricity back on and enjoy your clean, healthy air.

Important: This is only for reusable/washable air filters. Do NOT attempt to clean regular air filters. Disposable air filters are not meant to be cleaned. Order replacement air filters instead.

6 thoughts on “How to Clean a Reusable Air Filter”

  1. Great tutorial here! Most people will just clean it with water without soaking and vacuuming. Besides, you should also clean it once every month.

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  3. Thank you for your help. I was just thinking about wetng it down with the garden hose, spraying it with cleaning solution and rinsing it off. One question though, I can’t live without the air-conditioning, can I dry my filter with my hairdryer? Thanks for your help.

    • Hi Sandra! If you dry your reusable filter with a hairdryer, be sure it’s set to cool. Be cautious of overheating the filter and its media!

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