Why you should replace your air filter this winter12/13/2016 We encourage preventative maintenance on your heating and air conditioning equipment frequently, but this doesn’t just 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 by yourself! Now is the best time to examine your filter, as winter comes to an end and summer 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. Additional 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 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 catching things like dust and mold that can impact the health and comfort of your home, especially if someone in your house suffers from allergies or asthma. With spring near, pollen and mold are especially likely to be hanging around and you don’t want them circulating in your home. A quality, clean air filter will help your household breathe easy and stay healthy during allergy season. Check your system or current air filter provider for suggestions on how regularly you should be changing your filter. For most filters through Knoechel Heating Company, 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 Zelienople experts about different filters, timing or any other tips on staying comfortable this spring. Give us a call at 724-452-6280 or book an appointment with us online at any time.