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 just mean annual tune-ups – it also involves checking your air filters. It’s a quick way to help keep your system running smoothly and improve your indoor air quality, and you can easily do it all yourself! Now is the ideal time to examine your filter, as the cooler weather comes to an end and heat is on the horizon. There are many benefits to changing out your air filter, such as: Increasing the life and efficiency of your system A surefire way to cause a system breakdown is a dirty air filter. Extra 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 hinder the performance of your system, but it can increase your utility bills and cause your system to overheat. Improving indoor air quality The reason for an air filter is that it catches contaminants through your air system before it enters your residence. The older a filter gets, the less capable it is in grabbing things like dust and mold that can impact 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 expected to be hanging around and you don’t want them traveling in your indoor space. A quality, clean air filter will help your household breathe easy and stay healthy during allergy season. Examine your system or current air filter provider for recommendations on how often you should be changing your filter. For most filters through Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing, we suggest an annual change with the highest MERV filter available. Not sure if it’s the best time to exchange your air filter? You can always ask our Bakersfield experts about filter options, timing or any other hints on staying comfortable this spring. Give us a call at 661-437-3499 or book an appointment with us online at any time.