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 only mean annual tune-ups – it also refers to checking your air filters. It’s an easy way to help keep your system working smoothly and improve your indoor air quality, and you can easily do it all yourself! 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 a lot of benefits to changing out your air filter, such as: Increasing the life and efficiency of your system A guaranteed way to cause a system breakdown is a dirty air filter. Additional 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 hamper the performance of your system, but it can increase your energy costs and cause your system to overheat. Improving indoor air quality The reason for 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 capable it is in trapping things like dust and mold that can hurt the health and comfort of your home, especially if someone in your house 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 traveling in your house. A quality, clean air filter will help you breathe easy and stay healthy during allergy season. Examine your system or current air filter provider for recommendations on how regularly you should be changing your filter. For most filters through Craig's Heating & Cooling, 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 Bountiful experts about different filters, timing or any other tips on staying comfortable this spring. Give us a call at 801-295-3357 or book an appointment with us online at any time.