Why you should replace your air filter this winter12/13/2016 We stress preventative maintenance on your heating and air conditioning equipment constantly, but this doesn’t only mean annual tune-ups – it also involves 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 on your own! Now is the ideal time to check your filter, as winter comes to an end and the warmer weather 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 guaranteed way to instigate a system breakdown is a dirty air filter. Additional dirt that is built up on your filter can cause 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 goal of an air filter is that it grabs contaminants through your air system before it flows into your residence. The older a filter gets, the less efficient it is in grabbing things like dust and mold that can affect 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 prone to be hanging around and you don’t want them traveling in your house. A quality, clean air filter will help you breathe easy and keep healthy during allergy season. Inspect your system or current air filter provider for suggestions on how regularly you should be changing your filter. For most filters through Beck Cohen, we recommend an annual change with the highest MERV filter available. Not sure if it’s the ideal time to exchange your air filter? You can always ask our Charlottesville experts about what filters are available, timing or any other hints on staying comfortable this spring. Give us a call at 434-296-0129 or book an appointment with us online at any time.