Why you should replace your air filter this winter

December 13, 2016

We emphasize preventative maintenance on your HVAC system constantly, but this doesn’t only mean annual tune-ups – it also involves assessing your air filters. It’s a quick way to help keep your system working smoothly and enhance your indoor air quality, and you can easily do it on your own! Today is the perfect time to check your filter, as the cooler weather comes to a conclusion and summer is on the horizon. There are many benefits to changing out your air filter, such as:

Extending the life and efficiency of your system
A guaranteed way to cause 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 your home cool. Not only will it hamper the performance of your system, but it can impact your utility bills and result in your system overheating.

Improving indoor air quality
The reason for an air filter is that it catches contaminants through your air system before it reaches your residence. After the filter has been in for a while, the less effective it is in grabbing things like dust and mold that can affect the health and comfort of your indoor space, especially if someone in your house suffers from allergies or asthma. With warmer temps near, pollen and mold are especially prone to be hanging around and you certainly don’t like the idea of it traveling in your home. A quality, clean air filter will help you breathe easy and remain healthy all through the allergy season.

Inspect your system or chat with your local HVAC expert for guidance on how regularly you should be putting in a replacement filter. For most filters through Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating, we advise an annual change with the highest MERV filter available. Not sure if it’s the best time to exchange your air filter? Don’t hesitate to ask our Pella experts about what filters are available, timing or any other ideas on home comfort this spring. Give us a call at 641-628-3621 to book an appointment with us at any time.