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Make the air you breathe better

Filters

HVAC filters help remove dust, dander, and harmful particles from the air inside your home. By regularly changing your filter, you can improve your indoor air quality and extend the life of your heating and cooling system.

What does a filter do?

Filters help protect the many parts of your heating and cooling unit from debris and buildup that can shorten the working life of the system. A properly fitted filter can also trap unwanted, and oftentimes unseen, pollutants from the air in your home, including:

Dust & Dirt

Pollen

Mold

Fibers & Lint

Pet Dander

Bacteria

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Changing your Return Vent filter

Start with the return vent. Air filters are typically found behind the return vent door, often located in the ceiling or wall in the central portion of your home. If your home has multiple HVAC systems, there will likely be at least one air filter for each unit.

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Changing your HVAC filter

A second filter location for most HVAC systems and furnaces is the air handler portion of the system. The air handler houses the fan and fan motor and is usually located in the basement or attic. A slim, removable cover will reveal the filter location.

Where to find your HVAC filter

It's time to clear the air. Choose the Trane owner guide that's specific to your unit for detailed instructions on locating and changing your air filter.

Furnaces & Air Handlers

Indoor Includes the following products

XC95m, XV95, XT95, XR95, XC80, XV80, XL80, XT80, XR80, XB80, XV80 Oil, XP80, Hyperion™ XL, Hyperion™ XR, Hyperion™ XB

Packages Systems & All-in-One

Packaged Includes the following products

XL16c Gas/Electric, XL16c EarthWise®, XL16c Heat Pump, XL14c Gas/Electric, XL14c EarthWise®, XL14c Heat Pump, XL14c AC, XL13c Gas/Electric, XL13c Heat Pump, XL13c AC, XR13h Heat Pump, XB13c Gas/Electric, XB13c Heat Pump, XB13c AC

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Not every AC or furnace filter will have an arrow printed on the frame, but when it does, the arrow indicates the direction the filter must face. The arrow should face the direction the air is flowing. When changing the AC or furnace filter, the arrow should face the furnace and point away from the return duct. The same is true when changing the air duct filter. The arrow should point toward the unit.

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How to change furnace air filters

Changing your HVAC and furnace air filter is a vital part of home maintenance. To help ensure you're breathing healthier air and supporting your heating and cooling system to operate at an optimal level, follow the simple steps in this video to change your furnace filter as suggested.

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Let's clear the air

Trane Comfort Performance Filter

Trane® products do more than cool and heat your home. Trane® Comfort Performance Air Filters remove dust, lint, pet dander and other pollutants so you can breathe easier knowing your indoor air quality is better with Trane®.

Compatible with Trane systems or any standard HVAC system.

Available at Walmart.com and from Trane Dealers in select locations.

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What's the best HVAC filter?

Air filters are measured by Minimum Efficiency Reporting Values, or MERVs. A MERV rating speaks to the filter's ability to capture large particles. The higher the MERV rating, the better the filter is at capturing specific pollutants from the air. However, a higher MERV rating may not be best for your system.

The MERV scale rates filters from 1 to 16. Your AC or furnace is designed for a specific type of filter. Most homes are best served by a filter with a MERV rating of 8 to 13, but refer to your system's user manual or with a Trane® Comfort Specialist for guidance.

MERV rating Pollutants removed from air
1-4 Pollen, dust, clothing and carpet fibers
5-8 Pollen, dust, clothing and carpet fibers, hair spray, mold spores
9-12Best for Pets Pollen, dust, clothing and carpet fibers, hair, mold spores, legionella, pet dander
13-16Best for most tobacco smoke Pollen, dust, clothing and carpet fibers, hair spray, mold spores, bacteria, pet dander, cooking oil, most tobacco smoke, smog

ADVANCED INDOOR AIR QUALITY

A breath of fresh air

Air filters are the first defense against the pollutants in your air, but building a complete air filtration system can help support an even higher quality of indoor air. Trane® Indoor Air Quality solutions can help remove harmful contaminants from the air you breather.

  • Slim Fit Product

    SlimFit Filter Rack: The SlimFit Filter Rack filter is easy to replace and ideal for allergies and pet dander.

  • Slim Fit Product

    CleanEffects® Air Cleaner: The Trane CleanEffects® Air Cleaner removes up to 99.98% of airborne allergens from air that passes through the filter.

  • Slim Fit Product

    QuikBox Media Cabinet: Create a whole home comfort system that can filter allergens and dust from the air you breathe.

Slim Fit Product

SlimFit Filter Rack: The SlimFit Filter Rack filter is easy to replace and ideal for allergies and pet dander.

Slim Fit Product

CleanEffects® Air Cleaner: The Trane CleanEffects® Air Cleaner removes up to 99.98% of airborne allergens from air that passes through the filter.

Slim Fit Product

QuikBox Media Cabinet: Create a whole home comfort system that can filter allergens and dust from the air you breathe.

Frequently asked questions

Trane® specialists answer the most commonly asked questions about HVAC filters, sizing, and proper installation.

How often should I change my air filter?

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Air filters should be changed every 90 days unless otherwise indicated on the packaging or by the manufacturer.

What if I get the wrong filter size?

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In order for the filter to work properly, the right size is crucial. Using a filter that's too small or too large will allow debris particles to pass into the HVAC unit, potentially damaging or blocking the system.

What is my filter's MERV rating?

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The MERV rating is typically printed on the filter packaging, but not necessarily on the filter itself. If you need assistance determining the best filter for your unit, contact a Trane® Comfort Specialist®.

How do I clean a reusable filter?

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To clean a reusable filter, remove the filter from the air cleaning device. Soak the filter in warm water in a bathtub or sink. Use dish soap and a soft-bristle brush or sponge to remove stuck-on debris. Thoroughly rinse the filter. Allow the filter to completely dry before returning it to the device.