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 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 on your own! Now is the best time to examine your filter, as the cooler weather 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 definite way to cause a system breakdown is a dirty air filter. Extra dirt that is built up on your filter can force your whole system to work harder than it should to keep your home 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 grabs contaminants through your air system before it reaches your residence. 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 house suffers from allergies or asthma. With spring near, pollen and mold are especially likely to be hanging around and you don’t want them moving in your house. A quality, clean air filter will help your family breathe easy and keep 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 Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc, we suggest an annual change with the highest MERV filter available. Not sure if it’s the best time to exchange your air filter? You can always ask our Carpentersville experts about different filters, timing or any other tips on staying comfortable this spring. Give us a call at 224-699-9229 or schedule an appointment with us online at any time.