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 means 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 on your own! Now is the ideal time to examine your filter, as winter comes to an end and the warmer weather is on the horizon. There are a lot of benefits to changing out your air filter, such as: Increasing the life and efficiency of your system A guaranteed way to cause a system breakdown is a dirty air filter. Extra dirt that is built up on your filter can influence 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 reason for an air filter is that it snatches 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, which is even more critical if someone in your home suffers from allergies or asthma. With spring coming up, pollen and mold are especially prone to be hanging around and you don’t want them moving in your home. A quality, clean air filter will help your household breathe easy and keep healthy during allergy season. Examine your system or current air filter provider for suggestions on how regularly you should be changing your filter. For most filters through Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc., we suggest 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 South Beloit and Belvidere experts about different filters, timing or any other tips on staying comfortable this spring. Give us a call at 877-389-2465 or book an appointment with us online at any time.