Why you should replace your air filter this winter12/13/2016 We emphasize preventative maintenance on your heating and air conditioning equipment constantly, but this doesn’t just mean annual tune-ups – it also refers to checking your air filters. It’s a simple way to help keep your system operating smoothly and improve your indoor air quality, and you can easily do it on your own! Now is the best time to examine your filter, as the cooler weather comes to an end and the warmer weather is on the horizon. There are many benefits to changing out your air filter, such as: Increasing the life and efficiency of your system A surefire way to trigger a system breakdown is a dirty air filter. Additional dirt that is built up on your filter can force your whole system to work harder than it should to keep 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. Improving indoor air quality The goal of an air filter is that it snatches contaminants through your air system before it reaches your home. The older a filter gets, the less effective it is in catching things like dust and mold that can hurt the health and comfort of your home, especially if someone in your house suffers from allergies or asthma. With spring coming up, pollen and mold are especially expected to be hanging around and you don’t want them circulating in your indoor space. A quality, clean air filter will help your household breathe easy and stay healthy during allergy season. Inspect your system or current air filter provider for recommendations on how often you should be changing your filter. For most filters through Guidry's Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Service, we advise an annual change with the highest MERV filter available. Not sure if it’s the right time to change your air filter? You can always ask our Raceland experts about filter options, timing or any other ideas on staying comfortable this spring. Give us a call at 985-537-6795 or schedule an appointment with us online at any time.