Why you should replace your air filter this winter

December 13, 2016

We emphasize routine maintenance on your heating and air conditioning equipment frequently, but this doesn’t just mean annual tune-ups – it also refers to assessing your air filters. It’s a simple way to help keep your system running smoothly and improve your indoor air quality, and you can easily do it on your own! Today is the perfect time to inspect your filter, as winter comes to a close and summer is on the horizon. There are several benefits to switching out your air filter for a replacement, such as:

Lengthening the life and efficiency of your system
A definite way to cause a system interruption is a dirty air filter. Additional dirt that accumulates on your filter can cause your whole system to work harder than it should to keep you cool. Not only will it hinder the performance of your system, but it can impact your energy costs and result in your system overheating.

Improving indoor air quality
The purpose of an air filter is that it snatches contaminants through your air system before it reaches your house. As the filter gets older, the less effective it is in grabbing things like dust and mold that can impact the health and comfort of your house, which is even more critical if someone in your family suffers from allergies or asthma. With warmer temps around the corner, pollen and mold are especially likely to be hanging around and you would prefer they aren’t moving in your home. A quality, clean air filter will help your household breathe easy and remain healthy during allergy season.

Inspect your system or current air filter provider for recommendations on how frequently you should be swapping out your filter. For many filters through Strine's Heating & Air Conditioning, we suggest an annual change with the highest MERV filter you have access to. Not sure if it’s the right time to exchange your air filter? You can always ask our York experts about different filters, timing or any other hints on optimizing your indoor air quality this spring. Contact us at 717-383-4479 to book an appointment with us at any time.