Why you should replace your air filter this winter12/13/2016 We encourage preventative maintenance on your heating and air conditioning equipment all the time, but this doesn’t simply mean annual tune-ups – it also involves 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 perfect time to check your filter, as the cold season comes to an end and summer is on the horizon. There are a lot of benefits to changing out your air filter, such as: Increasing the life and efficiency of your system A definite way to trigger 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 the air in your home cool. Not only will it impact 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 snatches contaminants through your air system before it enters your house. The older a filter gets, the less efficient it is in catching things like dust and mold that can affect the health and comfort of your home, particularly if someone in your house suffers from allergies or asthma. With spring near, pollen and mold are especially likely to be hanging around and you don’t want them moving in your house. A quality, clean air filter will help you breathe easy and keep healthy during allergy season. Check your system or current air filter provider for suggestions on how often you should be changing your filter. For most filters through Garoken Energy Co. Inc., we advise an annual change with the highest MERV filter available. Not sure if it’s the right time to change your air filter? You can always ask our Beaverton experts about what filters are available, timing or any other ideas on staying comfortable this spring. Give us a call at 503-848-3838 or schedule an appointment with us online at any time.