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 only mean annual tune-ups – it also involves 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 perfect time to inspect your filter, as winter comes to an end and summer 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 trigger a system breakdown is a dirty air filter. Extra dirt that is built up on your filter can cause your whole system to work harder than it should to keep the air in your home cool. Not only will it hinder 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 reaches your residence. The older a filter gets, the less effective it is in catching things like dust and mold that can hurt the health and comfort of your home, which is even more critical 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 traveling in your indoor space. A quality, clean air filter will help you breathe easy and stay healthy during allergy season. Examine your system or current air filter provider for recommendations on how often you should be changing your filter. For most filters through B & G HVAC, we advise 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 Marshalltown experts about filter options, timing or any other tips on staying comfortable this spring. Give us a call at 641-752-3429 or schedule an appointment with us online at any time.