Why you should replace your air filter this winter12/13/2016 We emphasize preventative maintenance on your heating and air conditioning equipment all the time, but this doesn’t just mean annual tune-ups – it also involves checking your air filters. It’s an easy 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 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 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 hinder the performance of your system, but it can increase your energy costs and cause your system to overheat. Improving indoor air quality The reason for an air filter is that it grabs contaminants through your air system before it reaches your house. The older a filter gets, the less capable it is in trapping things like dust and mold that can impact the health and comfort of your home, which is even more critical if someone in your home suffers from allergies or asthma. With spring around the corner, pollen and mold are especially expected to be hanging around and you don’t want them circulating in your home. A quality, clean air filter will help your household breathe easy and keep healthy during allergy season. Check your system or current air filter provider for guidance on how regularly you should be changing your filter. For most filters through Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc., we suggest 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 Muskogee experts about filter options, timing or any other tips on staying comfortable this spring. Give us a call at 918-682-8238 or arrange an appointment with us online at any time.