Why you should replace your air filter this winter

December 13, 2016

We stress regular maintenance on your heating and air conditioning equipment frequently, but this doesn’t simply mean ongoing tune-ups – it also refers to 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 by yourself! This is the best time to check your filter, as winter comes to a conclusion and summer is nearing. There are several benefits to changing out your air filter, such as:

Lengthening the life and efficiency of your system
A surefire way to trigger a system interruption is a dirty air filter. Additional dirt that gathers on your filter can force your whole system to run harder than it should to keep you cool. Not only will it hamper the performance of your system, but it can impact your utility bills and cause your system to overheat.

Increasing indoor air quality
The purpose of an air filter is that it snatches contaminants through your air system before it reaches your home. 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 spring around the corner, pollen and mold are especially prone to be hanging around and you certainly don’t like the idea of it circulating in your home. A quality, clean air filter will help you breathe easy and stay healthy throughout allergy season.

Examine your system or ask your HVAC technician for guidance on how frequently you should be swapping out your filter. For most filters through Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning, we recommend an annual change with the highest MERV filter you have access to. Not sure if it’s the best time to replace your air filter? Feel free to ask our Hattiesburg experts about different filters, timing or any other ideas on optimizing your indoor air quality this spring. Give us a call at 601-292-9763 to book an appointment with us at your convenience.