Why you should replace your air filter this winter12/13/2016 We stress preventative maintenance on your heating and air conditioning equipment frequently, but this doesn’t just mean annual tune-ups – it also involves 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 all yourself! Now is the ideal time to inspect your filter, as the cold season comes to an end and heat 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 surefire 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 you cool. Not only will it hamper the performance of your system, but it can increase your utility bills and cause your system to overheat. Improving indoor air quality The purpose of an air filter is that it snatches contaminants through your air system before it reaches your home. 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 house 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 house. A quality, clean air filter will help you breathe easy and stay healthy during allergy season. Check your system or current air filter provider for guidance on how regularly you should be changing your filter. For most filters through Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc, we recommend an annual change with the highest MERV filter available. Not sure if it’s the right time to exchange your air filter? You can always ask our Pinellas County experts about different filters, timing or any other tips on staying comfortable this spring. Give us a call at 727-398-5515 or arrange an appointment with us online at any time.