Do You Need to Change Your Air Filter More in Winter?

Do You Need to Change Your Air Filter More in Winter?It’s probably not news to you that you should schedule maintenance for your heating system before the winter. However, the air filter in your system will require constant maintenance during the winter. While, as a rule of thumb, you should change your air filter at least once every three months, make sure you replace it every month during the winter. Here are good reasons why you should change it more often in the cold season.

Longer HVAC System Lifespan

Dirt builds up in the air filter much faster during the winter when your furnace is in high use. As your filter becomes clogged, it becomes harder for air to pass through it. Your system is forced to work harder and can overheat, leading to severe damage. If you’re lucky, the unit will require professional repair. If you have an older system, you may have to purchase a new one. By changing the filter consistently, you help your heating system last longer.

Energy Savings

Another reason why you should change your air filter regularly is to lower your energy costs. With a clogged filter, your furnace works harder to keep your home comfortable. It uses more energy and drives up your monthly heating bills. The fan motor won’t have to work overtime and use more energy unnecessarily if you replace your filter frequently.

Improved Air Quality

A dirty air filter has a reduced ability to collect dust, dirt, pet dander, mold spores, and other allergens from the air. It leaves these particles free to spread throughout your household, degrading indoor air quality (IAQ). Poor IAQ can cause dizziness, eye irritation, sneezing, and other respiratory problems. Replacing your air filters regularly helps prevent irritating particles from accumulating in your home’s air.

Change your air filter more often in the winter to keep your home healthy and your heating system running optimally. Your wallet will thank you for doing so. To learn more about air filter care and maintenance, please contact us at Cool Power. We’ve served the heating and cooling needs of satisfied customers in the Long Island area since 1976.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Hauppauge, New York and the Long Island area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about air filters and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 631-292-0629.