Why you should replace your air filter this winter12/13/2016 We stress preventative maintenance on your heating and air conditioning equipment frequently, but this doesn’t simply mean annual tune-ups – it also involves checking your air filters. It’s a simple way to help keep your system operating smoothly and improve your indoor air quality, and you can easily do it by yourself! Now is the best time to check your filter, as the cooler weather comes to an end and summer is on the horizon. There are many benefits to changing out your air filter, such as: Increasing the life and efficiency of your system A definite way to instigate 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 you cool. Not only will it impact the performance of your system, but it can increase your utility bills and cause your system to overheat. Improving indoor air quality The purpose 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 effective it is in trapping things like dust and mold that can hurt the health and comfort of your home, particularly if someone in your family suffers from allergies or asthma. With spring around the corner, pollen and mold are especially likely to be hanging around and you don’t want them traveling in your home. 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 guidance on how often you should be changing your filter. For most filters through Colvin's Inc, 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 Excelsior Springs experts about different filters, timing or any other tips on staying comfortable this spring. Give us a call at 816-630-2702 or book an appointment with us online at any time.