Why you should replace your air filter this winter12/13/2016 We emphasize preventative maintenance on your heating and air conditioning equipment all the time, but this doesn’t just mean annual tune-ups – it also means checking your air filters. It’s a quick way to help keep your system operating smoothly and improve your indoor air quality, and you can easily do it by yourself! Now is the ideal time to inspect your filter, as winter comes to an end and the warmer weather 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 instigate a system breakdown is a dirty air filter. Excess dirt that is built up on your filter can influence your whole system to work harder than it should to keep the air in your home cool. Not only will it hinder 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 grabs contaminants through your air system before it enters your house. The older a filter gets, the less efficient it is in trapping things like dust and mold that can impact the health and comfort of your home, which is even more critical if someone in your home suffers from allergies or asthma. With spring near, pollen and mold are especially prone to be hanging around and you don’t want them traveling in your house. A quality, clean air filter will help your household breathe easy and remain healthy during allergy season. Inspect your system or current air filter provider for suggestions on how frequently you should be changing your filter. For most filters through Hopkins Air Conditioning, Inc., we advise an annual change with the highest MERV filter available. Not sure if it’s the ideal time to change your air filter? You can always ask our West Palm Beach experts about filter options, timing or any other tips on staying comfortable this spring. Give us a call at 561-656-4255 or schedule an appointment with us online at any time.