Why you should replace your air filter this winter12/13/2016 We emphasize preventative maintenance on your heating and air conditioning equipment frequently, but this doesn’t only mean annual tune-ups – it also refers to checking your air filters. It’s a simple way to help keep your system running smoothly and improve your indoor air quality, and you can easily do it by yourself! Now is the best time to examine your filter, as the cold season comes to an end and summer 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. Extra dirt that is built up on your filter can cause your whole system to work harder than it should to keep 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 reason for an air filter is that it grabs contaminants through your air system before it reaches your house. The older a filter gets, the less effective it is in grabbing things like dust and mold that can hurt 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 prone to be hanging around and you don’t want them traveling in your home. 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 recommendations on how often you should be changing your filter. For most filters through O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning, we recommend 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 the Main Line experts about what filters are available, timing or any other tips on staying comfortable this spring. Give us a call at 610-626-2540 or book an appointment with us online at any time.