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Why Air Filters Matter Most in the Spring

Arianne Large - Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Allergy Season

How's your indoor air quality this spring?

Spring has sprung, and with it questionable indoor air quality. Why? There are many reasons air quality in your home can deteriorate in the spring. That’s why your HVAC air filter matters now more than ever. Here's a breakdown of spring and the air you breathe.

What's Floating around This Spring?

Spring brings an abundance of pollutants. Everything is in bloom! The pollen count goes up. Road and home construction kick into high gear, so airborne dust is more prevalent. Animals are shedding their winter coats, putting more hair and dander in the air, and that includes your family pets. As a result, the outdoor air is full of potential allergens and pollutants, and so is your indoor air.

What's This Got to Do with Your Air Filter?

Your air filter is the main stopping point for airborne pollutants. Its primary job is to protect your heating and cooling system from getting clogged with dirt, dust, pollen and other particles that could damage the system. The secondary job is keeping all that gunk out of your indoor air. The air filter grabs and traps most of it. This prevents it from going into the HVAC system and circulating throughout your home.

How Often Does It Need Attention?

Ideally, you should change your air filter every month. This is especially true if you are prone to allergies, have pets, or live in an area with lots of dust. Most homes do fine with a filter change every 3-6 months. But don’t neglect to change your filter in the spring before cooling season gets underway.

Don't worry about the air you breathe! Don't spend time concerned that it's not up to par. Contact our friendly team of experts at Helms Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc., for all the information you need to improve your indoor air quality.