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 an easy way to help keep your system working smoothly and improve your indoor air quality, and you can easily do it on your own! Now is the perfect time to examine your filter, as winter comes to an end and heat 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 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 you 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 purpose of 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 trapping things like dust and mold that can hurt the health and comfort of your home, which is even more critical if someone in your family suffers from allergies or asthma. With spring around the corner, pollen and mold are especially prone to be hanging around and you don’t want them circulating in your house. A quality, clean air filter will help your household breathe easy and remain healthy during allergy season. Check your system or current air filter provider for recommendations on how frequently you should be changing your filter. For most filters through Tri County Air Care LLC, we advise an annual change with the highest MERV filter available. Not sure if it’s the best time to exchange your air filter? You can always ask our Dallas experts about filter options, timing or any other tips on staying comfortable this spring. Give us a call at 469-617-3437 or book an appointment with us online at any time.