Why you should replace your air filter this winter

December 13, 2016

We stress regular maintenance on your HVAC system all the time, but this doesn’t just mean yearly tune-ups – it also means assessing your air filters. It’s a simple way to help keep your system working smoothly and enhance your indoor air quality, and you can easily do it on your own! Today is the ideal time to inspect your filter, as the cooler weather comes to a conclusion and the warmer weather is on the horizon. There are a lot of benefits to changing out your air filter, such as:

Extending the life and efficiency of your system
A definite way to trigger a system interruption is a dirty air filter. Extra dirt that accumulates 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 escalate your utility bills and end with an overheated system.

Improving indoor air quality
The reason for an air filter is that it catches contaminants through your air system before it flows into your home. As the filter gets older, the less effective it is in trapping 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 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 family breathe easy and stay healthy during allergy season.

Examine your system or current air filter provider for recommendations on how frequently you should be changing your filter. For many filters through 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., we suggest an annual change with the highest MERV filter you have access to. Not sure if it’s the best time to exchange your air filter? You can always ask our Lake Forest experts about different filters, timing or any other tips on optimizing your indoor air quality this spring. Give us a call at 949-204-0859 to book an appointment with us when it’s convenient for you.