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 refers to checking your air filters. It’s a quick 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 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 surefire way to trigger a system breakdown is a dirty air filter. Extra 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 purpose of an air filter is that it snatches contaminants through your air system before it enters your residence. The older a filter gets, the less efficient it is in trapping things like dust and mold that can impact 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 prone to be hanging around and you don’t want them traveling in your house. A quality, clean air filter will help your family breathe easy and remain healthy during allergy season. Inspect your system or current air filter provider for suggestions on how often you should be changing your filter. For most filters through Farnell Mechanical, Inc., we recommend an annual change with the highest MERV filter available. Not sure if it’s the right time to replace your air filter? You can always ask our Opelika experts about different filters, timing or any other ideas on staying comfortable this spring. Give us a call at 334-524-2458 or schedule an appointment with us online at any time.