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 involves checking your air filters. It’s a simple way to help keep your system running smoothly and improve your indoor air quality, and you can easily do it on your own! Now is the perfect time to check your filter, as the cold season comes to an end and heat 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 instigate 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 your home 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 house. The older a filter gets, the less efficient 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 house suffers from allergies or asthma. With spring coming up, pollen and mold are especially likely to be hanging around and you don’t want them circulating in your indoor space. 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 guidance on how frequently you should be changing your filter. For most filters through Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc., we recommend an annual change with the highest MERV filter available. Not sure if it’s the right time to exchange your air filter? You can always ask our Longview experts about filter options, timing or any other tips on staying comfortable this spring. Give us a call at 903-758-0701 or schedule an appointment with us online at any time.