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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the straw badge in Nest.

In this Badge Bit, you will replace or clean the air filter on a furnace.

To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
   - replace or clean the air filter on a furnace or other HVAC system for an interior space

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must provide proof of the following with pictures (or a video < 2 mins long):
   - before, during, and after of replacing or cleaning the air filter on a furnace
   - demonstrate it meets the above stated requirements
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Can this be the cold air intake, or the filters inside the furnace?
 
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Replacing the air filter on my furnace. This is the basement furnace, that run most of the cold season. Normally have to replace the filter quite often. (My country home is old and very dusty)



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Old Filter in Furance
Old Filter in Furance
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Close up of Dirty Filter
Close up of Dirty Filter
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Filter Removed
Filter Removed
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Brand New Filter
Brand New Filter
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New Filter Being Installed
New Filter Being Installed
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Cleaned our air filter yesterday. It's supposed to be cleaned every 4-6 weeks and we bought it in December so a bit late, but doesn't seem to be too dirty.
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Dirty filter
Dirty filter
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Cleaning in tub
Cleaning in tub
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More cleaning
More cleaning
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Dried overnight
Dried overnight
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Putting filter back
Putting filter back
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Replaced the air filter here at my house. Before, comparison after.  Metal mesh side facing the fan to prevent the filter from being sucked into it!
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Old one (black numbers)
Old one (black numbers)
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Side by side comparison
Side by side comparison
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New one (purple numbers)
New one (purple numbers)
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I replace the filter on our furnace every couple months, and it was that time again.
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The old filter in it's home.
The old filter in it's home.
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The old filter removed.
The old filter removed.
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The replacement filter.
The replacement filter.
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The new filter slid into place.
The new filter slid into place.
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Would cleaning the filters on a wall mounted Heat Pump/AC unit count?

That is the standard in Japan and I hear it's becoming more popular in the USA too.
 
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I cleaned the filters on our bedroom heat pump/air conditioner.

I checked the filters and found these to be unacceptably dusty.


I removed them and vacuumed them first to remove the bulk of the dust. Here you can see the dust coming off from the top right cells.


Then I washed off the remaining dust with a strong shower spray.


Then I let them sun dry.


They are now much cleaner.


So I reinstalled them, ready for conditioning the air to appropriate temperatures without aggravating our dust allergies.

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To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must provide proof of the following with pictures (or a video < 2 mins long):
  - before, during, and after of replacing or cleaning the air filter on a furnace
  - demonstrate it meets the above stated requirements

I have indoor pets and my air intake is right at ground level.   This makes very dirty filters and I replace them much more frequently than the suggested 90 days on the packages!  Even with a quick vacuum in between changes.

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The intake vent
The intake vent
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Filter before (yuck)
Filter before (yuck)
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During
During
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During
During
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New filter
New filter
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all done
all done
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I don't know the last time our furnace filter was changed-- I think a long time ago!

Here's a photo before, during and after. So that I'm ready for next time, I added a date (accidentally a day early) and set a reminder in my phone calendar 3 months from now.

Excited to start working toward the PEP sand badge for NEST! It's a fun way to track things I already want to learn!
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Before, during, and after of changing out the air filter.
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Changing the furnace air filter and made a note to change again in 3 months.
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location of air filter
location of air filter
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dirty
dirty
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taking the dirty one out and comparing to the clean one
taking the dirty one out and comparing to the clean one
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clean
clean
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Here is my submission for replacing a filter on our HVAC systems.

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Old filter -- before
Old filter -- before
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Removing old filter
Removing old filter
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Replacing with new filter
Replacing with new filter
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new filter installed -- after
new filter installed -- after
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Nicole Alderman approved this submission.
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