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 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 all yourself! Now is the best time to inspect your filter, as winter comes to an end and the warmer weather is on the horizon. There are a lot of benefits to changing out your air filter, such as: Increasing the life and efficiency of your system A guaranteed way to cause 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 impact 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 snatches contaminants through your air system before it enters your home. The older a filter gets, the less effective it is in catching 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 around the corner, 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 family breathe easy and remain healthy during allergy season. Check your system or current air filter provider for recommendations on how frequently you should be changing your filter. For most filters through Accurate Heating & Cooling LLC, we suggest an annual change with the highest MERV filter available. Not sure if it’s the right time to change your air filter? You can always ask our East Peoria experts about what filters are available, timing or any other hints on staying comfortable this spring. Give us a call at 309-437-2703 or book an appointment with us online at any time.