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 only mean annual tune-ups – it also refers to checking your air filters. It’s a quick 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 ideal time to inspect your filter, as winter comes to an end and the warmer weather 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 cause a system breakdown is a dirty air filter. Additional dirt that is built up on your filter can force your whole system to work harder than it should to keep your home 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 purpose of an air filter is that it catches contaminants through your air system before it reaches your house. The older a filter gets, the less capable it is in grabbing things like dust and mold that can hurt the health and comfort of your home, which is even more critical if someone in your home suffers from allergies or asthma. With spring near, pollen and mold are especially likely 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 stay healthy during allergy season. Examine your system or current air filter provider for suggestions on how often you should be changing your filter. For most filters through Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc, we suggest an annual change with the highest MERV filter available. Not sure if it’s the right time to exchange your air filter? You can always ask our Wisconsin Rapids experts about different filters, timing or any other ideas on staying comfortable this spring. Give us a call at 715-421-5555 or schedule an appointment with us online at any time.