Why you should replace your air filter this winter12/13/2016 We encourage preventative maintenance on your heating and air conditioning equipment frequently, but this doesn’t only mean annual tune-ups – it also refers to checking your air filters. It’s a simple 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 best time to check your filter, as winter comes to an end and the warmer weather 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 trigger 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 hinder 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 grabs contaminants through your air system before it flows into your residence. The older a filter gets, the less effective 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 near, pollen and mold are especially likely to be hanging around and you don’t want them traveling in your home. A quality, clean air filter will help your household breathe easy and remain healthy during allergy season. Check your system or current air filter provider for recommendations on how regularly you should be changing your filter. For most filters through Patterson & Stirling Inc, we recommend 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 Erie experts about different filters, timing or any other hints on staying comfortable this spring. Give us a call at 814-833-5558 or book an appointment with us online at any time.