Everything You Need to Know About Air Filters10/05/2016One of the biggest parts of good HVAC maintenance is changing your air filters. Your air filter keeps your system operating efficiently and is also a huge part of boosting and maintaining your indoor air quality. The EPA has shown that the air inside your home can be 2-5 times more polluted than the air in highly developed cities. We spend the majority of our times indoors, so your air filter is on the front line for improving indoor air quality. So what else do we need to realize when it comes to air filters? Filter Replacement The most basic way to tell you out how often to exchange your filter would be, whenever it’s dirty. Of course, we don’t want you to have to take a look at your filter’s cleanliness every day, so a good rule of thumb is every 1-2 months for the best results. The frequency you have to replace your filter is decided by a host of factors. If you have pets in your house or a lot of guests and occupants, you’ll need to replace your filter more often. Follow your filter provider’s recommendation on how often to change your filter as the suggestion depends on a variety of factors in your home. A dirty filter may also cause your system to run harder, longer. This will cause your utility bills to go up and it can negatively impact the life of your system. Built up dust and system neglect are two of the main causes of system failure. This system damage is entirely avoidable with annual maintenance, including regularly replacing your air filters. Regularly replacing your air filter is a basic thing to do and also an easy thing to forget about. If it’s been a while since you’ve taken a look at the status of your filter, consider this post your reminder. We are always here to help you breathe healthier and easier. If you have any questions about boosting your indoor air quality give the experts at Forster Heating a call at 530-885-8081 or set up an appointment with us online.