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 just mean annual tune-ups – it also means checking your air filters. It’s a simple way to help keep your system operating smoothly and improve your indoor air quality, and you can easily do it all 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 surefire way to trigger a system breakdown is a dirty air filter. Additional dirt that is built up on your filter can cause your whole system to work harder than it should to keep the air in your home cool. Not only will it hamper the performance of your system, but it can increase your energy costs 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 flows into your home. The older a filter gets, the less effective it is in catching things like dust and mold that can impact the health and comfort of your home, especially if someone in your house suffers from allergies or asthma. With spring around the corner, pollen and mold are especially prone to be hanging around and you don’t want them moving 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 often you should be changing your filter. For most filters through Air Max HVAC Inc, we suggest an annual change with the highest MERV filter available. Not sure if it’s the ideal time to change your air filter? You can always ask our Thousand Oaks experts about different filters, timing or any other hints on staying comfortable this spring. Give us a call at 805-217-8662 or arrange an appointment with us online at any time.