Why you should replace your air filter this winter12/13/2016 We emphasize 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 simple way to help keep your system operating smoothly and improve your indoor air quality, and you can easily do it by yourself! Now is the ideal time to examine your filter, as winter comes to an end and the warmer weather 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 cause a system breakdown is a dirty air filter. Additional dirt that is built up on your filter can cause 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 energy costs and cause your system to overheat. Improving indoor air quality The purpose of an air filter is that it grabs contaminants through your air system before it reaches your home. The older a filter gets, the less efficient it is in grabbing things like dust and mold that can hurt 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 prone to be hanging around and you don’t want them moving in your indoor space. A quality, clean air filter will help you breathe easy and keep healthy during allergy season. Inspect your system or current air filter provider for suggestions on how often you should be changing your filter. For most filters through Total Comfort, we suggest an annual change with the highest MERV filter available. Not sure if it’s the best time to replace your air filter? You can always ask our Franklin Lakes experts about what filters are available, timing or any other ideas on staying comfortable this spring. Give us a call at 201-891-1333 or book an appointment with us online at any time.