Why you should replace your air filter this winter

December 13, 2016

We emphasize regular maintenance on your HVAC system all the time, but this doesn’t just mean yearly tune-ups – it also refers to looking at your air filters. It’s a quick way to help keep your system operating smoothly and enhance your indoor air quality, and you can easily do it by yourself! This is the best time to inspect your filter, as winter comes to a close and summer is approaching. There are many benefits to changing out your air filter, such as:

Increasing the life and efficiency of your system
A surefire way to instigate a system failure is a dirty air filter. Excess dirt that gathers on your filter can force your whole system to run harder than it should to keep your home cool. Not only will it hinder the performance of your system, but it can escalate your utility bills and result in your system overheating.

Enhancing indoor air quality
The purpose of an air filter is that it snatches contaminants through your air system before it flows into your home. As the filter gets older, the less efficient it is in catching things like dust and mold that can affect the health and comfort of your indoor space, particularly if someone in your home suffers from allergies or asthma. With spring coming up, pollen and mold are especially expected to be hanging around and you certainly don’t like the idea of it circulating in your house. A quality, clean air filter will help your family breathe easy and keep healthy throughout allergy season.

Inspect your system or chat with your local HVAC expert for suggestions on how frequently you should be putting in a replacement filter. For the majority of the filters through Freed Heating & Air Conditioning, we recommend an annual change with the highest MERV filter that is offered. Not sure if it’s the best time to change your air filter? Don’t hesitate to ask our Moline experts about different filters, timing or any other ideas on optimizing your indoor air quality this spring. Call us at 309-323-9584 to arrange an appointment with us at any time.