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 involves checking your air filters. It’s an easy way to help keep your system running smoothly and improve your indoor air quality, and you can easily do it all yourself! Now is the perfect time to inspect your filter, as the cooler weather 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 cause a system breakdown is a dirty air filter. Extra dirt that is built up on your filter can cause your whole system to work harder than it should to keep your home cool. Not only will it hamper the performance of your system, but it can increase your utility bills and cause your system to overheat. Improving indoor air quality The purpose of an air filter is that it grabs contaminants through your air system before it reaches your residence. The older a filter gets, the less effective it is in catching things like dust and mold that can affect the health and comfort of your home, which is even more critical if someone in your home suffers from allergies or asthma. With spring around the corner, pollen and mold are especially likely to be hanging around and you don’t want them circulating in your indoor space. A quality, clean air filter will help your household breathe easy and keep healthy during allergy season. Check your system or current air filter provider for guidance on how regularly you should be changing your filter. For most filters through Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning, we advise an annual change with the highest MERV filter available. Not sure if it’s the ideal time to replace your air filter? You can always ask our Hattiesburg experts about what filters are available, timing or any other ideas on staying comfortable this spring. Give us a call at 601-268-3486 or book an appointment with us online at any time.