Why you should replace your air filter this winter

December 13, 2016

We encourage routine maintenance on your heating and cooling system constantly, but this doesn’t only mean annual tune-ups – it also involves checking your air filters. It’s a quick way to help keep your system running smoothly and increase your indoor air quality, and you can easily do it all yourself! Now is the ideal time to examine your filter, as the cooler weather comes to an end and heat is approaching. There are a lot of benefits to switching out your air filter for a replacement, such as:

Increasing the life and efficiency of your system
A definite way to instigate a system failure 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 the air in your home cool. Not only will it hamper the performance of your system, but it can escalate your utility bills and result in your system overheating.

Increasing indoor air quality
The purpose of an air filter is that it grabs contaminants through your air system before it flows into your residence. As the filter gets older, the less capable it is in trapping things like dust and mold that can affect the health and comfort of your house, particularly if someone in your home suffers from allergies or asthma. With spring near, pollen and mold are especially expected to be hanging around and you would prefer they aren’t moving in your house. A quality, clean air filter will help you breathe easy and remain healthy throughout allergy season.

Check your system or chat with your local HVAC expert for recommendations on how often you should be swapping out your filter. For most filters through Scott Temperature, we suggest an annual change with the highest MERV filter that is offered. Not sure if it’s the right time to change your air filter? Don’t hesitate to ask our Lawrence experts about different filters, timing or any other tips on optimizing your indoor air quality this spring. Contact us at 785-269-0465 to arrange an appointment with us at any time.