Why you should replace your air filter this winter12/13/2016 We encourage preventative maintenance on your heating and air conditioning equipment frequently, but this doesn’t just mean annual tune-ups – it also involves 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 by yourself! Now is the ideal time to examine your filter, as the cold season 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 instigate a system breakdown is a dirty air filter. Excess dirt that is built up on your filter can influence your whole system to work harder than it should to keep you cool. Not only will it hamper the performance of your system, but it can increase your energy costs and cause your system to overheat. Improving indoor air quality The goal of an air filter is that it grabs contaminants through your air system before it reaches your home. The older a filter gets, the less capable it is in grabbing things like dust and mold that can impact the health and comfort of your home, particularly if someone in your house suffers from allergies or asthma. With spring near, 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. Examine your system or current air filter provider for suggestions on how frequently you should be changing your filter. For most filters through Schagrin Gas Company, we suggest an annual change with the highest MERV filter available. Not sure if it’s the right time to change your air filter? You can always ask our Middletown experts about filter options, timing or any other hints on staying comfortable this spring. Give us a call at 302-658-2000 or arrange an appointment with us online at any time.