East Bay HVAC Maintenance and Tips

While air filters typically do their work quietly and out of sight, they are an integral part of any Bay Area heating and cooling system. In this post, you’ll learn more about air filters, when and how to replace them, and situations in which it is advised to contact a professional for additional assistance.

What Air Filters Do

If you’re curious about what air filters do, they take debris, ranging from visible particles like dust and pet dander down to impurities as small as bacteria, out of the air circulating through your home. That has two chief benefits. It increases the air quality in your home, and it also extends the life of your HVAC system.

When to Change an Air Filter

Like any type of filter that is tasked with catching impurities, air filters need to be periodically replaced. Air filters have a finite life span. It’s helpful to make a note whenever you install a new air filter, as this will let you keep track of when its time is up. A new air filter’s packaging will have its estimated life span on it, so make a note of that as well.

However it may be advantageous to change the air filter out a bit before its maximum usable life is over. That’s because air filters, as they gather more and more debris, may see their performance decline over time. Another factor that may call for more frequent changes is pollution, which can be a problem in urban areas; for instance, East Bay HVAC systems sometimes need to contend with lower-quality air.

How to Change an Air Filter

Changing an air filter is relatively easy. First, figure out where the air filter is. It will either have a removable grill or a box you can open, which will give you access to the old filter. Remove it, install the new filter, and replace the grill or box.

Contact our Castro Valley HVAC Specialists for More Info

If you develop concerns over the quality of air in your home, don’t hesitate to call a Bay Area HVAC pro in your area. And even if things seem to be running smoothly, it’s still advisable to schedule regular, professional HVAC inspections every six months or so. Contact the experts at B.A. Morrison here today!

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