Why you should replace your air filter this winter12/13/2016 We emphasize preventative maintenance on your heating and air conditioning equipment constantly, 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 working smoothly and improve your indoor air quality, and you can easily do it on your own! Now is the perfect time to check your filter, as winter comes to an end and summer 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 guaranteed way to instigate a system breakdown is a dirty air filter. Excess 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 impact the performance of your system, but it can increase your utility bills and cause your system to overheat. Improving indoor air quality The goal of an air filter is that it snatches contaminants through your air system before it reaches your home. The older a filter gets, the less efficient 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 near, pollen and mold are especially likely to be hanging around and you don’t want them moving in your indoor space. A quality, clean air filter will help your family breathe easy and remain 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 Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc., we suggest an annual change with the highest MERV filter available. Not sure if it’s the best time to change your air filter? You can always ask our West Columbia experts about filter options, timing or any other hints on staying comfortable this spring. Give us a call at 803-796-9172 or book an appointment with us online at any time.