Why you should replace your air filter this winter

We emphasize preventative maintenance on your HVAC system 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 enhance your indoor air quality, and you can easily do it by yourself! This is the best time to examine your filter, as the cold season comes to a conclusion and summer is approaching. There are a lot of benefits to changing out your air filter, such as:

Extending the life and efficiency of your system
A surefire way to cause a system breakdown is a dirty air filter. Extra dirt that accumulates 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 impact your utility bills and result in your system overheating.

Enhancing indoor air quality
The reason for an air filter is that it grabs contaminants through your air system before it reaches your house. As the filter gets older, the less effective it is in grabbing things like dust and mold that can hurt the health and comfort of your house, which is even more critical if someone in your home suffers from allergies or asthma. With increased temperatures coming up, pollen and mold are especially prone to be hanging around and you would prefer they aren’t traveling in your home. A quality, clean air filter will help you breathe easy and stay healthy throughout allergy season.

Check your system or ask your HVAC technician for recommendations on how often you should be changing your filter. For many 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 Drexel Hill experts about what filters are available, timing or any other tips on home comfort this spring. Give us a call at 610-257-7035 to book an appointment with us when it’s convenient for you.

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