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 properly sealed and you don’t feel drafts of cold air making their way in, your indoor air quality may be lower than you’d like. Sure, indoor air quality isn’t the most exhilarating thing to think about when it’s freezing cold outside, but it is important to consider during the colder months. The good thing is that improving your indoor air quality is easy and doesn’t require a lot of effort on your part. From furnace filters to routine winter maintenance, improve the air you’re breathing with a few of these easy tips: Check your filter Keeping contaminants out of the air you’re breathing starts with filtration. Not only do furnace filters keep contaminants from circulating over and over, they help lessen the chance of those contaminants contributing to allergies, disease and other illnesses. Scheduling time to check your furnace filter once a month can let you know your system is working at its best efficiency and keeping contaminants out of your air. If you notice that your filter is dark or dirty, go ahead and change out the filter with a new one. Size makes a difference Furnace filters come in various sizes and thicknesses, and selecting the incorrect one can have a negative effect on the cleanliness of your air and its efficiency. Filters that are too small let 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 headaches. To ensure you have 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 capture more contaminants. The truth is that the basic filters are made up of loose fiberglass mesh, and do offer 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 big impact on your indoor air quality, and ultimately keeps your air free from more contaminants. More often than not, the filters that are a little more expensive provide greater energy efficiency, and could end up saving you money over time. Keeping your air clean and comfortable is one of our top priorities, and keeping an eye on your furnace filter can help you improve your indoor air quality and ensure your home will stay as comfortable as ever. If you’re interested in learing more about furnace filters and how they affect your indoor air quality, give us a call at 704-485-5506.