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 involves 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 on your own! Now is the ideal time to examine your filter, as the cold season comes to an end and the warmer weather is on the horizon. There are several benefits to changing out your air filter, such as: Increasing the life and efficiency of your system A surefire way to instigate 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 you cool. Not only will it hinder the performance of your system, but it can increase your utility bills and cause your system to overheat. Improving indoor air quality The reason for an air filter is that it catches contaminants through your air system before it flows into your house. The older a filter gets, the less efficient it is in trapping things like dust and mold that can hurt the health and comfort of your home, which is even more critical if someone in your house suffers from allergies or asthma. With spring near, pollen and mold are especially likely to be hanging around and you don’t want them circulating in your house. 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 changing your filter. For most filters through Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc, we recommend 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 Rapid City experts about different filters, timing or any other tips on staying comfortable this spring. Give us a call at 605-342-5107 or arrange an appointment with us online at any time.