Why you should replace your air filter this winter12/13/2016 We stress preventative maintenance on your heating and air conditioning equipment all the time, but this doesn’t just mean annual tune-ups – it also refers to checking your air filters. It’s a simple 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 cooler weather 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 definite way to trigger a system breakdown is a dirty air filter. Excess dirt that is built up on your filter can cause 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 effective 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 family suffers from allergies or asthma. With spring coming up, pollen and mold are especially expected to be hanging around and you don’t want them traveling in your indoor space. A quality, clean air filter will help you breathe easy and stay healthy during allergy season. Inspect your system or current air filter provider for recommendations on how often you should be changing your filter. For most filters through Arnold's Air Conditioning of South Florida Inc, we advise an annual change with the highest MERV filter available. Not sure if it’s the ideal time to change your air filter? You can always ask our West Palm Beach experts about different filters, timing or any other tips on staying comfortable this spring. Give us a call at 561-515-5527 or arrange an appointment with us online at any time.