How Your Furnace Impacts Indoor Air Quality 01/14/2015Staying warm during the bitterly cold winter can be a challenge. While being comfortable when the temperature is its coldest is a top priority, how often do you think about the air caught inside with you? Assuming your home is appropriately sealed and you don’t feel drafts of cold air making their way in, your indoor air quality could be lower than you’d like. Sure, indoor air quality isn’t the most exciting thing to think about when it’s freezing cold outside, but it is important to consider during the cooler months. The good thing is that increasing your indoor air quality is simple and doesn’t require a ton of effort on your part. From furnace filters to routine winter maintenance, improve the air you’re breathing with a few of these simple tips: Check your filter Keeping contaminants out of your home starts with filtration. Not only do furnace filters keep contaminants from constantly circulating in your home, they help reduce the chance of those contaminants affecting allergies, disease and other illnesses. Scheduling time to check your furnace filter once a month can ensure your system is running at its best efficiency and keeping contaminants out of your air. If you notice that your filter is dark or dirty, go ahead and swap out the filter with a new one. Size makes a difference Furnace filters come in various sizes and thicknesses, and choosing the incorrect one can have an undesirable effect on the cleanliness of your air and its efficiency. Filters that are too small permit unfiltered air through, sending dirty particles out into your home. Going with a a filter that is too big simply won’t fit your system correctly, bringing about its own issues. To make sure you choose the correct size, check the size of the old filter, or check the owner’s manual of your furnace. Improved results When you go to get furnace filters, you’ll see various options, everything from your most basic models that serve their purpose, to the higher end filters that catch more contaminants. The truth is that the basic filters are created with loose fiberglass mesh, and do offer you some protection for your home, but not as much protection as the filters that cost a little more. The difference between the filters has a large impact on your indoor air quality, and in the end keeps your air free from more contaminants. Typically, the filters that are a little more expensive offer greater energy efficiency, possibly saving you money as time goes on. Keeping your air clean and comfortable is one of our greatest priorities, and keeping an eye on your furnace filter can help you boost your indoor air quality and ensure your home will stay as comfortable as ever. If you’re interested in knowing more about furnace filters and how they affect your indoor air quality, give us a call at 325-692-5850.