Why you should replace your air filter this winter12/13/2016 We encourage preventative maintenance on your heating and air conditioning equipment constantly, but this doesn’t only mean annual tune-ups – it also means checking your air filters. It’s an easy way to help keep your system working smoothly and improve your indoor air quality, and you can easily do it all yourself! Now is the ideal time to examine your filter, as the cooler weather comes to an end and heat is on the horizon. There are a lot of 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. Excess 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 impact 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 grabs contaminants through your air system before it flows into your house. The older a filter gets, the less capable it is in trapping things like dust and mold that can impact the health and comfort of your home, especially if someone in your home suffers from allergies or asthma. With spring coming up, pollen and mold are especially prone to be hanging around and you don’t want them circulating in your house. A quality, clean air filter will help your family breathe easy and keep healthy during allergy season. Inspect your system or current air filter provider for recommendations on how frequently you should be changing your filter. For most filters through James Heating & A/C, Inc, we advise an annual change with the highest MERV filter available. Not sure if it’s the ideal time to replace your air filter? You can always ask our Lexington experts about what filters are available, timing or any other hints on staying comfortable this spring. Give us a call at 336-853-6070 or book an appointment with us online at any time.