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 refers to 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 all yourself! Now is the best time to check your filter, as winter comes to an end and heat 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 cause a system breakdown is a dirty air filter. Excess dirt that is built up on your filter can cause 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 energy costs 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 house. The older a filter gets, the less efficient it is in catching things like dust and mold that can affect 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 expected 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. Examine your system or current air filter provider for guidance on how frequently you should be changing your filter. For most filters through WM J Kraus & Son, we recommend an annual change with the highest MERV filter available. Not sure if it’s the best time to exchange your air filter? You can always ask our Keokuk experts about filter options, timing or any other ideas on staying comfortable this spring. Give us a call at 319-524-3714 or book an appointment with us online at any time.