Winter weather is rolling in, which means that cold, flu, and allergy season is upon us. There may not be much that you can do to keep your family members from getting sick at some point this winter, but you can still make them feel better when they’re at home. Make simple improvements in your air quality this winter to keep your family feeling their best all season long.

Check Your Air Filters

Do you remember the last time you checked or replaced your filters? If not, you’re probably long overdue for a filter change. These are relatively inexpensive and can make a big difference when it comes to circulating allergens in your home. Your heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system can pick up everything that escapes into the air – pet dander, dust, even small particles of mold – and gather in your air filter. If you don’t replace the filter regularly, those particles blow right back through your vents and into your rooms again.

So how often is often enough when it comes to changing your air filter? It depends on your family’s needs. If you have pets or have family members who are prone to allergies, then you should consider changing your filter as often as once a month. If you live in a pet-free home, you should still consider changing it every three months or so.

Changing out your air filter does more than keep your family healthy; it can also save you money in the long run. The more debris you have clogging your filter, the harder your system has to work to distribute heat throughout your home. Keeping on top of your filter maintenance can extend the life of your system and keep your utility costs as low as possible.

Perform Routine Maintenance

Some people are guilty of ignoring their HVAC systems until there’s a problem, but this can be a costly mistake. To keep your heating and cooling systems in tip-top shape, you should get them inspected a couple of times a year. Just like an air filter, your vents can accumulate allergens that circulate throughout your home every time the furnace or air conditioner kicks in. A preventive maintenance plan can keep your utility costs low, extend the life of your entire system, and improve the air quality in your household.

A furnace tune-up is an essential to-do for fall or early winter. A certified HVAC technician will come to your home, check your filters and vents, tighten the electrical connections, and clean the furnace burner to assure proper air quality. They’ll also check for proper flow and troubleshoot any issues that may be occurring with your system.

At Patriot Air Comfort Systems, we offer routine maintenance and tune-up services, as well as repair and installation of furnaces. If you have any questions about HVAC, or if you would like to take advantage of any of our air quality improvement services, please contact us to set up an appointment. We offer free estimates and affordable maintenance plans.