Why you should replace your air filter this winter12/13/2016 We emphasize preventative maintenance on your heating and air conditioning equipment frequently, but this doesn’t only mean annual tune-ups – it also involves checking your air filters. It’s an easy 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 examine your filter, as winter comes to an end and the warmer weather 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 guaranteed way to instigate a system breakdown is a dirty air filter. Extra dirt that is built up on your filter can force your whole system to work harder than it should to keep the air in your home cool. Not only will it impact the performance of your system, but it can increase your utility bills and cause your system to overheat. Improving indoor air quality The goal of an air filter is that it catches contaminants through your air system before it enters your home. The older a filter gets, the less efficient it is in trapping things like dust and mold that can affect the health and comfort of your home, particularly if someone in your house suffers from allergies or asthma. With spring near, pollen and mold are especially likely to be hanging around and you don’t want them traveling in your home. A quality, clean air filter will help your family 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 Banister's Heating & Air Conditioning Services, we advise an annual change with the highest MERV filter available. Not sure if it’s the right time to exchange your air filter? You can always ask our Carlsbad experts about what filters are available, timing or any other tips on staying comfortable this spring. Give us a call at 575-887-7777 or arrange an appointment with us online at any time.