Why you should replace your air filter this winter

December 13, 2016

We encourage routine maintenance on your heating and air conditioning equipment frequently, but this doesn’t just mean annual tune-ups – it also refers to checking your air filters. It’s a quick way to help keep your system working smoothly and improve your indoor air quality, and you can easily do it all yourself! Today is the ideal time to examine your filter, as the cooler weather comes to an end and the warmer weather is nearing. There are a lot of benefits to changing out your air filter, such as:

Lengthening the life and efficiency of your system
A guaranteed way to instigate a system breakdown is a dirty air filter. Excess dirt that gathers on your filter can cause your whole system to operate harder than it should to keep you cool. Not only will it hamper the performance of your system, but it can escalate your utility bills and result in your system overheating.

Improving indoor air quality
The purpose of an air filter is that it snatches contaminants through your air system before it enters your house. The older a filter gets, the less efficient it is in catching things like dust and mold that can hurt the health and comfort of your indoor space, which is even more critical if someone in your home suffers from allergies or asthma. With spring near, pollen and mold are especially prone to be hanging around and you would prefer they aren’t traveling in your home. A quality, clean air filter will help you breathe easy and remain healthy all through the allergy season.

Check your system or ask your HVAC technician for suggestions on how frequently you should be swapping out your filter. For most filters through Stephen Hurst Pack Heating and Cooling, Inc, we advise an annual change with the highest MERV filter available. Not sure if it’s the right time to exchange your air filter? Don’t hesitate to ask our Circleville experts about different filters, timing or any other ideas on staying comfortable this spring. Call us at 740-474-5940 to schedule an appointment with us at your convenience.