Why you should replace your air filter this winter

We stress regular maintenance on your HVAC system all the time, but this doesn’t only mean yearly tune-ups – it also refers to assessing your air filters. It’s an easy way to help keep your system working smoothly and enhance your indoor air quality, and you can easily do it on your own! Now 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 getting a replacement air filter, such as:

Extending the life and efficiency of your system
A definite way to cause a system interruption is a dirty air filter. Extra dirt that accumulates on your filter can force 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 escalate your energy costs and end with an overheated system.

Increasing indoor air quality
The reason for an air filter is that it grabs contaminants through your air system before it flows into your home. As the filter gets older, the less efficient it is in trapping things like dust and mold that can hurt the health and comfort of your house, particularly if someone in your house suffers from allergies or asthma. With warmer temps around the corner, pollen and mold are especially prone to be hanging around and you don’t want them circulating in your home. A quality, clean air filter will help you breathe easy and remain healthy throughout allergy season.

Examine your system or current air filter provider for suggestions on how frequently you should be putting in a replacement filter. For most 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 filter options, timing or any other hints 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.

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