Why you should replace your air filter this winter12/13/2016 We encourage preventative maintenance on your heating and air conditioning equipment constantly, but this doesn’t just mean annual tune-ups – it also means checking your air filters. It’s a simple way to help keep your system running smoothly and improve your indoor air quality, and you can easily do it on your own! Now is the perfect time to inspect 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 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 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 purpose of 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 efficient it is in grabbing things like dust and mold that can affect 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 house. 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 recommendations on how often you should be changing your filter. For most filters through Ackerman Heating & Air Conditioning, we suggest an annual change with the highest MERV filter available. Not sure if it’s the ideal time to change your air filter? You can always ask our Colfax experts about what filters are available, timing or any other tips on staying comfortable this spring. Give us a call at 509-397-3622 or book an appointment with us online at any time.