Why you should replace your air filter this winter12/13/2016 We stress preventative maintenance on your heating and air conditioning equipment frequently, but this doesn’t just mean annual tune-ups – it also involves checking your air filters. It’s a quick way to help keep your system running smoothly and improve your indoor air quality, and you can easily do it all yourself! Now is the perfect time to check your filter, as winter comes to an end and summer 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 definite way to cause a system breakdown is a dirty air filter. Excess 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 hinder the performance of your system, but it can increase your energy costs and cause your system to overheat. Improving indoor air quality The reason for an air filter is that it snatches contaminants through your air system before it reaches your residence. The older a filter gets, the less capable it is in catching things like dust and mold that can affect the health and comfort of your home, which is even more critical if someone in your home suffers from allergies or asthma. With spring near, pollen and mold are especially likely 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 stay healthy during allergy season. Inspect your system or current air filter provider for guidance on how regularly you should be changing your filter. For most filters through Southern Heating & Cooling Inc., we recommend an annual change with the highest MERV filter available. Not sure if it’s the ideal time to exchange your air filter? You can always ask our Scottsboro experts about filter options, timing or any other ideas on staying comfortable this spring. Give us a call at 256-574-1300 or book an appointment with us online at any time.