Why you should replace your air filter this winter12/13/2016 We emphasize preventative maintenance on your heating and air conditioning equipment all the time, 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 operating smoothly and improve your indoor air quality, and you can easily do it by yourself! Now is the perfect time to inspect your filter, as winter comes to an end and summer is on the horizon. There are a lot of 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. Extra dirt that is built up on your filter can force your whole system to work harder than it should to keep the air in your home cool. Not only will it impact the performance of your system, but it can increase your utility bills and cause your system to overheat. Improving indoor air quality The goal of an air filter is that it catches contaminants through your air system before it reaches your house. The older a filter gets, the less effective it is in grabbing things like dust and mold that can hurt the health and comfort of your home, particularly if someone in your home suffers from allergies or asthma. With spring coming up, pollen and mold are especially likely to be hanging around and you don’t want them circulating in your indoor space. A quality, clean air filter will help your family breathe easy and remain healthy during allergy season. Inspect your system or current air filter provider for guidance on how frequently you should be changing your filter. For most filters through Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC, we advise an annual change with the highest MERV filter available. Not sure if it’s the ideal time to replace your air filter? You can always ask our Hamilton experts about what filters are available, timing or any other tips on staying comfortable this spring. Give us a call at 513-275-3601 or book an appointment with us online at any time.