Why you should replace your air filter this winter12/13/2016 We emphasize preventative maintenance on your heating and air conditioning equipment constantly, but this doesn’t simply mean annual tune-ups – it also refers to checking your air filters. It’s a quick way to help keep your system working 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 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 guaranteed way to instigate a system breakdown is a dirty air filter. Excess 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 hamper 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 enters your house. The older a filter gets, the less capable it is in grabbing things like dust and mold that can hurt the health and comfort of your home, particularly if someone in your house 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 traveling in your house. A quality, clean air filter will help your family breathe easy and keep healthy during allergy season. Inspect your system or current air filter provider for recommendations on how regularly you should be changing your filter. For most filters through B & B Heating & Cooling, we suggest 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 Florissant experts about different filters, timing or any other ideas on staying comfortable this spring. Give us a call at 314-838-9800 or book an appointment with us online at any time.