Why you should replace your air filter this winter12/13/2016 We stress preventative maintenance on your heating and air conditioning equipment constantly, but this doesn’t only mean annual tune-ups – it also means checking your air filters. It’s a quick way to help keep your system working 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 heat 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 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 you cool. Not only will it impact the performance of your system, but it can increase your utility bills and cause your system to overheat. Improving indoor air quality The purpose of an air filter is that it grabs contaminants through your air system before it flows into your residence. The older a filter gets, the less effective it is in catching things like dust and mold that can affect 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 circulating in your house. A quality, clean air filter will help you breathe easy and keep healthy during allergy season. Inspect your system or current air filter provider for guidance on how regularly you should be changing your filter. For most filters through Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning, we recommend an annual change with the highest MERV filter available. Not sure if it’s the right time to exchange your air filter? You can always ask our Odessa experts about filter options, timing or any other ideas on staying comfortable this spring. Give us a call at 432-333-2208 or schedule an appointment with us online at any time.