Why you should replace your air filter this winter

December 13, 2016

We encourage routine maintenance on your heating and air conditioning equipment frequently, but this doesn’t just mean yearly tune-ups – it also refers to checking your air filters. It’s an easy 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 perfect time to examine your filter, as the cooler weather comes to an end and summer is nearing. There are many benefits to getting a replacement air filter, such as:

Lengthening the life and efficiency of your system
A guaranteed way to instigate a system breakdown is a dirty air filter. Extra dirt that is built up on your filter can force your whole system to run harder than it should to keep the air in your home cool. Not only will it hamper the performance of your system, but it can increase your utility bills and cause your system to overheat.

Increasing indoor air quality
The purpose of an air filter is that it catches contaminants through your air system before it reaches your home. The older a filter gets, the less efficient it is in trapping things like dust and mold that can impact the health and comfort of your home, which is even more critical 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 certainly don’t like the idea of it circulating in your home. A quality, clean air filter will help you breathe easy and stay healthy all through the allergy season.

Examine your system or chat with your local HVAC expert for recommendations on how regularly you should be putting in a replacement filter. For most filters through Assured Appliance and Heating & Air, we suggest 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? You can always ask our Genoa experts about filter options, timing or any other tips on optimizing your indoor air quality this spring. Call us at 847-306-8990 to arrange an appointment with us when it’s convenient for you.