Why you should replace your air filter this winter

December 13, 2016

We stress preventative maintenance on your heating and cooling system all the time, but this doesn’t only mean yearly tune-ups – it also refers to looking at your air filters. It’s an easy way to help keep your system running smoothly and enhance your indoor air quality, and you can easily do it all yourself! Now is the best time to examine your filter, as winter comes to a close and summer is approaching. There are several benefits to switching out your air filter for a replacement, such as:

Increasing the life and efficiency of your system
A guaranteed way to instigate a system failure is a dirty air filter. Excess dirt that gathers on your filter can influence your whole system to run harder than it should to keep you cool. Not only will it impact the performance of your system, but it can increase your energy costs and result in your system overheating.

Enhancing indoor air quality
The goal of an air filter is that it snatches contaminants through your air system before it flows into your house. As the filter gets older, the less effective it is in trapping things like dust and mold that can hurt the health and comfort of your house, especially if someone in your house suffers from allergies or asthma. With increased temperatures around the corner, pollen and mold are especially expected to be hanging around and you would prefer they aren’t traveling in your home. A quality, clean air filter will help your household breathe easy and keep healthy during allergy season.

Examine your system or ask your HVAC technician for suggestions on how frequently you should be putting in a replacement filter. For most filters through Lanz Furnace and Fireplace, we advise an annual change with the highest MERV filter you have access to. Not sure if it’s the ideal time to exchange your air filter? Feel free to ask our Monroe experts about filter options, timing or any other tips on staying comfortable this spring. Call us at 608-291-3606 to arrange an appointment with us at your convenience.