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 only mean annual tune-ups – it also refers to 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 perfect time to inspect your filter, as winter 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 guaranteed way to trigger a system breakdown is a dirty air filter. Additional dirt that is built up on your filter can influence 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 increase your utility bills and cause your system to overheat. Improving indoor air quality The goal of an air filter is that it catches contaminants through your air system before it enters your home. The older a filter gets, the less effective 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 coming up, pollen and mold are especially expected to be hanging around and you don’t want them moving in your house. A quality, clean air filter will help your family breathe easy and keep healthy during allergy season. Check your system or current air filter provider for suggestions on how frequently you should be changing your filter. For most filters through Ilten's Incorporated, we advise 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 Cedar Rapids experts about what filters are available, timing or any other ideas on staying comfortable this spring. Give us a call at 319-363-0283 or schedule an appointment with us online at any time.