Why you should replace your air filter this winter12/13/2016 We stress preventative maintenance on your heating and air conditioning equipment constantly, but this doesn’t only mean annual tune-ups – it also means checking your air filters. It’s an easy 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 perfect time to check your filter, as the cooler weather comes to an end and summer 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 guaranteed way to trigger 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 energy costs 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 house. The older a filter gets, the less effective it is in trapping things like dust and mold that can impact 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 house. 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 recommendations on how regularly you should be changing your filter. For most filters through Brian’s Heating & Cooling, Inc., we recommend an annual change with the highest MERV filter available. Not sure if it’s the ideal time to replace your air filter? You can always ask our Madera experts about different filters, timing or any other hints on staying comfortable this spring. Give us a call at 559-675-1681 or arrange an appointment with us online at any time.