Why you should replace your air filter this winter

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 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! Today is the perfect time to check your filter, as the cold season comes to an end and summer is nearing. 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 definite way to trigger a system breakdown is a dirty air filter. Extra dirt that gathers 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 impact your utility bills 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 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 increased temperatures near, pollen and mold are especially likely to be hanging around and you would prefer they aren’t moving in your house. A quality, clean air filter will help you breathe easy and keep healthy all through the allergy season.

Check your system or ask your HVAC technician for suggestions on how often you should be putting in a replacement filter. For many 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 right time to change 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 503-374-1934 to schedule an appointment with us at any time.

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