Why you should replace your air filter this winter

December 13, 2016

We stress regular maintenance on your heating and cooling system frequently, but this doesn’t just mean ongoing tune-ups – it also means assessing 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 all yourself! Now is the best time to inspect your filter, as the cooler weather comes to a close and summer is approaching. There are a lot of benefits to changing out your air filter, such as:

Extending the life and efficiency of your system
A surefire way to trigger a system breakdown is a dirty air filter. Additional dirt that accumulates on your filter can influence your whole system to operate harder than it should to keep your home cool. Not only will it impact the performance of your system, but it can escalate your utility bills and cause your system to overheat.

Increasing indoor air quality
The reason for an air filter is that it catches contaminants through your air system before it flows into your home. After the filter has been in for a while, the less efficient it is in trapping things like dust and mold that can hurt the health and comfort of your indoor space, particularly if someone in your home suffers from allergies or asthma. With warmer temps around the corner, pollen and mold are especially prone to be hanging around and you would prefer they aren’t circulating in your house. A quality, clean air filter will help you breathe easy and keep healthy throughout allergy season.

Check your system or ask your HVAC technician for suggestions on how often you should be swapping out your filter. For the majority of the filters through B & G HVAC, we advise an annual change with the highest MERV filter you have access to. Not sure if it’s the ideal time to change your air filter? You can always ask our Marshalltown experts about filter options, timing or any other tips on optimizing your indoor air quality this spring. Contact us at 641-323-1210 to book an appointment with us at any time.