I didn’t realize my son didn't know how to change the air filters

I guess I should have shown my son how to change the air filters in his HVAC unit at his apartment.

He was living on his own for the first time while attending college. I bought him a whole box of air filters that matched his HVAC unit and I changed the old air filter for him. I didn’t think that something as easy as an air filter change would be something that had to be demonstrated. Later on when my wife and I went to visit him, we were shocked at the poor air quality in his apartment. I asked him if he was not changing the air filters. He shrugged and said that he wasn’t sure how to change them. I thought he might at least look up how to do that if he was unsure or call me up and I would have helped him. He said he was so busy with his studies and work life that he just didn’t have the time. He said when he got home from work, it was usually too late to call us up anyway for something like changing an air filter for the HVAC system. Since we had this conversation, I decided to tackle this problem right away. I showed my son exactly how to get to the old air filter to pull it out. It was basically just located in a slot directly next to the HVAC unit that fit into the ductwork. It was easy to pull out and put the new air filter in, but I had to stress that he needed to make sure the arrow was pointing in the right direction because you didn’t want to install the air filter backwards. He was surprised at how easy it was to do, and he never had issues with air quality after that.

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