Why you should replace your air filter this winter12/13/2016 We emphasize preventative maintenance on your heating and air conditioning equipment all the time, but this doesn’t simply mean annual tune-ups – it also refers to checking your air filters. It’s an easy way to help keep your system running smoothly and improve your indoor air quality, and you can easily do it all yourself! Now is the ideal time to examine your filter, as the cold season 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 guaranteed way to trigger 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 hamper the performance of your system, but it can increase your utility bills and cause your system to overheat. Improving indoor air quality The goal of an air filter is that it catches 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 family suffers from allergies or asthma. With spring near, pollen and mold are especially expected to be hanging around and you don’t want them circulating in your house. A quality, clean air filter will help you breathe easy and keep healthy during allergy season. Check your system or current air filter provider for recommendations on how often you should be changing your filter. For most filters through Thornberry Bros Inc, we advise an annual change with the highest MERV filter available. Not sure if it’s the ideal time to exchange your air filter? You can always ask our Winchester experts about different filters, timing or any other tips on staying comfortable this spring. Give us a call at 859-745-1564 or schedule an appointment with us online at any time.