Why you should replace your air filter this winter12/13/2016 We emphasize preventative maintenance on your heating and air conditioning equipment constantly, but this doesn’t simply mean annual tune-ups – it also refers to checking your air filters. It’s a quick way to help keep your system operating smoothly and improve your indoor air quality, and you can easily do it by yourself! Now is the ideal time to inspect your filter, as the cold season comes to an end and heat is on the horizon. There are a lot of benefits to changing out your air filter, such as: Increasing the life and efficiency of your system A definite way to cause a system breakdown is a dirty air filter. Additional dirt that is built up on your filter can influence your whole system to work harder than it should to keep your home cool. Not only will it hamper the performance of your system, but it can increase your utility bills and cause your system to overheat. Improving indoor air quality The purpose of an air filter is that it catches contaminants through your air system before it reaches your house. The older a filter gets, the less capable it is in grabbing things like dust and mold that can hurt the health and comfort of your home, especially if someone in your family suffers from allergies or asthma. With spring coming up, pollen and mold are especially likely to be hanging around and you don’t want them moving in your indoor space. A quality, clean air filter will help you breathe easy and stay healthy during allergy season. Examine your system or current air filter provider for suggestions on how regularly you should be changing your filter. For most filters through Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning, we recommend an annual change with the highest MERV filter available. Not sure if it’s the right time to replace your air filter? You can always ask our Buellton experts about what filters are available, timing or any other hints on staying comfortable this spring. Give us a call at 805-688-4018 or book an appointment with us online at any time.