Why you should replace your air filter this winter12/13/2016 We stress 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 a simple way to help keep your system working smoothly and improve your indoor air quality, and you can easily do it on your own! Now is the best time to inspect 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 cause a system breakdown is a dirty air filter. Additional 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 hinder 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 catches contaminants through your air system before it enters your house. The older a filter gets, the less capable it is in grabbing 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 coming up, pollen and mold are especially expected to be hanging around and you don’t want them moving in your house. A quality, clean air filter will help you breathe easy and stay healthy during allergy season. Inspect your system or current air filter provider for guidance on how regularly you should be changing your filter. For most filters through Main Heating & Cooling, Inc., we advise an annual change with the highest MERV filter available. Not sure if it’s the ideal time to replace your air filter? You can always ask our Utica experts about filter options, timing or any other hints on staying comfortable this spring. Give us a call at 586-731-0950 or arrange an appointment with us online at any time.