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 simply mean annual tune-ups – it also means checking your air filters. It’s a quick way to help keep your system operating smoothly and improve your indoor air quality, and you can easily do it all yourself! Now is the best time to examine your filter, as the cooler weather comes to an end and heat 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 trigger 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 you 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 purpose of an air filter is that it grabs contaminants through your air system before it flows into your residence. The older a filter gets, the less effective it is in catching things like dust and mold that can impact 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 expected to be hanging around and you don’t want them traveling in your house. A quality, clean air filter will help you breathe easy and keep healthy during allergy season. Inspect your system or current air filter provider for suggestions on how often you should be changing your filter. For most filters through Lycoming Heating Company, 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 Williamsport experts about filter options, timing or any other ideas on staying comfortable this spring. Give us a call at 570-326-4450 or book an appointment with us online at any time.