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 just mean annual tune-ups – it also means checking your air filters. It’s an easy way to help keep your system running smoothly and improve your indoor air quality, and you can easily do it by yourself! Now is the best time to examine your filter, as the cooler weather comes to an end and heat is on the horizon. There are several benefits to changing out your air filter, such as: Increasing the life and efficiency of your system A definite way to cause a system breakdown is a dirty air filter. Excess dirt that is built up on your filter can influence your whole system to work harder than it should to keep you cool. Not only will it hamper the performance of your system, but it can increase your utility bills 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 reaches your residence. The older a filter gets, the less efficient it is in trapping things like dust and mold that can impact the health and comfort of your home, particularly if someone in your home suffers from allergies or asthma. With spring around the corner, pollen and mold are especially expected to be hanging around and you don’t want them traveling in your indoor space. A quality, clean air filter will help you breathe easy and keep healthy during allergy season. Examine your system or current air filter provider for recommendations on how frequently you should be changing your filter. For most filters through Scott Temperature, we recommend 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 Lawrence experts about filter options, timing or any other tips on staying comfortable this spring. Give us a call at 785-843-2244 or arrange an appointment with us online at any time.