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Why you should replace your air filter this winter

December 13, 2016

We encourage preventative maintenance on your heating and air conditioning equipment frequently, but this doesn’t just mean yearly tune-ups – it also refers to checking your air filters. It’s an easy way to help keep your system working smoothly and increase your indoor air quality, and you can easily do it by yourself! Today is the ideal time to examine your filter, as the cold season comes to a conclusion and summer is on the horizon. There are many benefits to changing out your air filter, such as:

Extending the life and efficiency of your system
A guaranteed way to instigate a system failure is a dirty air filter. Excess dirt that accumulates on your filter can force your whole system to work harder than it should to keep your home cool. Not only will it impact the performance of your system, but it can increase your utility bills and result in your system overheating.

Increasing indoor air quality
The goal of an air filter is that it grabs contaminants through your air system before it flows into your home. As the filter gets older, the less efficient it is in trapping things like dust and mold that can affect the health and comfort of your indoor space, 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 would prefer they aren’t moving in your indoor space. A quality, clean air filter will help you breathe easy and stay healthy all through the allergy season.

Check your system or ask your HVAC technician for suggestions on how frequently you should be putting in a replacement filter. For the majority of the filters through JTech Mechanical, 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? Don’t hesitate to ask our Magnolia experts about different filters, timing or any other ideas on home comfort this spring. Call us at 281-231-8768 to schedule an appointment with us when it’s convenient for you.