Why you should replace your air filter this winter

Air Quality

We emphasize preventative maintenance on your heating and air conditioning equipment frequently, but this doesn’t just mean yearly tune-ups – it also involves checking your air filters. It’s a simple way to help keep your system operating smoothly and enhance your indoor air quality, and you can easily do it on your own! This is the best time to examine your filter, as the cold season comes to a close and heat is approaching. There are several benefits to switching out your air filter for a replacement, such as:

Increasing the life and efficiency of your system
A guaranteed way to cause a system breakdown is a dirty air filter. Excess dirt that gathers on your filter can cause your whole system to operate 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 escalate your utility bills and cause your system to overheat.

Increasing indoor air quality
The purpose of an air filter is that it grabs contaminants through your air system before it flows into your house. After the filter has been in for a while, the less efficient it is in catching things like dust and mold that can affect the health and comfort of your home, which is even more critical if someone in your home suffers from allergies or asthma. With spring coming up, pollen and mold are especially likely to be hanging around and you certainly don’t like the idea of it traveling in your indoor space. A quality, clean air filter will help your family breathe easy and stay healthy throughout allergy season.

Check your system or current air filter provider for guidance on how frequently you should be changing your filter. For many filters through Central Heating & Plumbing, we recommend an annual change with the highest MERV filter you have access to. Not sure if it’s the right time to replace your air filter? Don’t hesitate to ask our New Castle experts about different filters, timing or any other ideas on optimizing your indoor air quality this spring. Contact us at 724-401-1843 to schedule an appointment with us when it’s convenient for you.

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