Why you should replace your air filter this winter12/13/2016 We encourage preventative maintenance on your heating and air conditioning equipment all the time, but this doesn’t simply mean annual tune-ups – it also involves checking your air filters. It’s an easy way to help keep your system working smoothly and improve your indoor air quality, and you can easily do it on your own! Now is the best time to inspect your filter, as the cooler weather 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 trigger a system breakdown is a dirty air filter. Extra 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 impact the performance of your system, but it can increase your energy costs and cause your system to overheat. Improving indoor air quality The reason for an air filter is that it grabs contaminants through your air system before it flows into your home. The older a filter gets, the less efficient it is in grabbing things like dust and mold that can hurt the health and comfort of your home, particularly if someone in your house 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 circulating in your indoor space. A quality, clean air filter will help you breathe easy and stay healthy during allergy season. Inspect your system or current air filter provider for recommendations on how regularly you should be changing your filter. For most filters through Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning, we advise an annual change with the highest MERV filter available. Not sure if it’s the best time to replace your air filter? You can always ask our Bishop experts about different filters, timing or any other tips on staying comfortable this spring. Give us a call at 760-784-9034 or book an appointment with us online at any time.