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 simply mean annual tune-ups – it also refers to checking your air filters. It’s an easy way to help keep your system running smoothly and improve your indoor air quality, and you can easily do it on your own! Now is the best time to examine your filter, as the cold season comes to an end and summer 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 cause a system breakdown is a dirty air filter. Excess dirt that is built up on your filter can force your whole system to work harder than it should to keep the air in 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 purpose of an air filter is that it catches contaminants through your air system before it flows into 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, especially if someone in your family 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 moving in your home. A quality, clean air filter will help your household breathe easy and remain healthy during allergy season. Examine your system or current air filter provider for guidance on how regularly you should be changing your filter. For most filters through iTemp Heating and Air Conditioning, we recommend an annual change with the highest MERV filter available. Not sure if it’s the best time to exchange your air filter? You can always ask our Chicago experts about different filters, timing or any other tips on staying comfortable this spring. Give us a call at 773-704-0640 or book an appointment with us online at any time.