Why you should replace your air filter this winter12/13/2016 We emphasize preventative maintenance on your heating and air conditioning equipment constantly, but this doesn’t simply mean annual tune-ups – it also means checking your air filters. It’s an easy way to help keep your system operating smoothly and improve your indoor air quality, and you can easily do it on your own! Now is the best time to inspect your filter, as the cooler weather 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 surefire way to trigger 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 the air in your home cool. Not only will it hinder the performance of your system, but it can increase your utility bills and cause your system to overheat. Improving indoor air quality The reason for an air filter is that it snatches contaminants through your air system before it enters your residence. The older a filter gets, the less capable it is in trapping things like dust and mold that can impact 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 expected to be hanging around and you don’t want them circulating in your indoor space. A quality, clean air filter will help you breathe easy and remain healthy during allergy season. Inspect your system or current air filter provider for guidance on how regularly you should be changing your filter. For most filters through PWA Heating & Cooling Inc, we suggest an annual change with the highest MERV filter available. Not sure if it’s the right time to exchange your air filter? You can always ask our Plainfield experts about filter options, timing or any other hints on staying comfortable this spring. Give us a call at 815-768-6656 or schedule an appointment with us online at any time.