HRV filter maintenance during spring cleaning

May 23, 2019

As spring is in bloom, many people are taking care of their annual spring cleaning. While you are doing the spring clean, consider cleaning the filters and core in your heat recovery ventilator (HRV).

The filters and core keep things like bugs, dust and odors from circulating in your home. Now is the time to wash or vacuum your filters in anticipation for the bug and dust-filled summer season. Without maintenance, your filters and core will not function properly.

Follow these simple steps to clean the filters and core of your HRV:

  1. Turn off your HRV before you do any cleaning.
  2. Check the HRV air intake outside of your house. Make sure it isn’t clogged with debris.
  3. Remove the filters surrounding the core of your HRV.
  4. Wash with warm, soapy water, set aside to dry. Filters can also be vacuumed.
  5. Remove the core of your HRV.
  6. Wash with warm, soapy water and set aside to dry. Core can also be vacuumed. Cleaning will remove the dust that builds up inside the core.
  7. Once dried, replace the core and filters, and shut your HRV, and turn back on.  

For more information on cleaning the filters in your HRV, see your manual, or watch this video created in partnership with the Native Village of Aleknagik.

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