Why you should replace your air filter this winter12/13/2016 We encourage preventative maintenance on your heating and air conditioning equipment frequently, but this doesn’t simply mean annual tune-ups – it also means checking your air filters. It’s an easy 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 best time to check your filter, as the cold season 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 definite way to instigate a system breakdown is a dirty air filter. Extra dirt that is built up on your filter can cause your whole system to work harder than it should to keep the air in 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 goal of an air filter is that it grabs contaminants through your air system before it flows into your home. The older a filter gets, the less capable it is in catching things like dust and mold that can affect the health and comfort of your home, especially if someone in your family suffers from allergies or asthma. With spring near, pollen and mold are especially prone to be hanging around and you don’t want them moving in your home. 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 guidance on how regularly you should be changing your filter. For most filters through Central Air Inc, 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 Portland Metro experts about filter options, timing or any other hints on staying comfortable this spring. Give us a call at 503-656-1908 or schedule an appointment with us online at any time.