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Why you should replace your air filter this winter

December 13, 2016

We encourage regular maintenance on your heating and air conditioning equipment frequently, but this doesn’t simply mean yearly tune-ups – it also means looking at your air filters. It’s an easy way to help keep your system working smoothly and enhance your indoor air quality, and you can easily do it by yourself! Today is the best time to examine your filter, as the cold season comes to a conclusion and summer is nearing. There are several benefits to getting a replacement air filter, such as:

Lengthening the life and efficiency of your system
A surefire way to instigate a system breakdown is a dirty air filter. Additional dirt that accumulates on your filter can cause your whole system to operate harder than it should to keep your home cool. Not only will it impact the performance of your system, but it can escalate your energy costs and end with an overheated system.

Enhancing indoor air quality
The reason for an air filter is that it grabs contaminants through your air system before it reaches your home. After the filter has been in for a while, the less effective it is in trapping things like dust and mold that can affect the health and comfort of your indoor space, particularly if someone in your family suffers from allergies or asthma. With increased temperatures near, pollen and mold are especially prone to be hanging around and you don’t want them circulating in your indoor space. A quality, clean air filter will help your household breathe easy and keep healthy all through the allergy season.

Inspect your system or current air filter provider for recommendations on how frequently you should be changing your filter. For many filters through Contra Costa Heating & AC, we suggest an annual change with the highest MERV filter that is offered. Not sure if it’s the right time to exchange your air filter? Don’t hesitate to ask our the Bay Area experts about what filters are available, timing or any other hints on home comfort this spring. Give us a call at 510-343-9841 to schedule an appointment with us at your convenience.