Why you should replace your air filter this winter

December 13, 2016

We encourage preventative maintenance on your HVAC system all the time, but this doesn’t simply mean annual tune-ups – it also involves looking at 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 inspect your filter, as winter comes to an end and the warmer weather is on the horizon. There are a lot of benefits to switching out your air filter for a replacement, such as:

Increasing the life and efficiency of your system
A surefire way to cause a system breakdown is a dirty air filter. Excess dirt that gathers on your filter can force your whole system to run 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 impact your energy costs and end with an overheated system.

Improving indoor air quality
The purpose of an air filter is that it snatches contaminants through your air system before it flows into your house. As the filter gets older, 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 increased temperatures near, pollen and mold are especially expected to be hanging around and you don’t want them circulating in your house. A quality, clean air filter will help your family breathe easy and keep healthy all through the allergy season.

Inspect 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 you have access to. Not sure if it’s the best time to replace your air filter? Feel free to ask our Beaverton experts about what filters are available, timing or any other ideas on optimizing your indoor air quality this spring. Call us at 503-848-3838 to schedule an appointment with us when it’s convenient for you.