Why you should replace your air filter this winter12/13/2016 We stress preventative maintenance on your heating and air conditioning equipment frequently, but this doesn’t simply mean annual tune-ups – it also involves 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 all yourself! Now is the ideal time to check your filter, as winter comes to an end and summer is on the horizon. There are a lot of 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. Extra 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 impact 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 snatches contaminants through your air system before it flows into your house. The older a filter gets, the less capable it is in catching things like dust and mold that can impact the health and comfort of your home, especially if someone in your family 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 remain healthy during allergy season. Check your system or current air filter provider for recommendations on how often you should be changing your filter. For most filters through KDM Service Corporation, we recommend an annual change with the highest MERV filter available. Not sure if it’s the best time to replace your air filter? You can always ask our Tuscaloosa experts about different filters, timing or any other tips on staying comfortable this spring. Give us a call at 205-758-2703 or book an appointment with us online at any time.