How Your Furnace Impacts Indoor Air Quality 01/14/2015Staying warm during the chilly winter can be a nuisance. While being comfortable when the temperature is its coldest is a top priority, how often do you think about the air stuck 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 less than desirable. 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 through the cooler months. The good thing is that improving your indoor air quality is simple and doesn’t require a bunch 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 lessen the chance of those contaminants affecting allergies, disease and other illnesses. Ensuring you check your furnace filter once a month can let you know your system is operating at its best efficiency and keeping contaminants out of your air. If you recognize that your filter is dark or dirty, go ahead and switch out the filter with a new one. Size makes a difference Furnace filters come in various sizes and thicknesses, and picking the incorrect one can have a negative effect on the cleanliness of your air and its efficiency. Filters that are too small allow unfiltered air through, sending dirty particles out into your home. Picking a filter that is too big simply won’t fit your system correctly, bringing about its own issues. To ensure you choose the correct size, check the size of the old filter, or take a peek at the owner’s manual of your furnace. Improved results When you take a look at furnace filters, you’ll see a variety of 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 provide 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 can help keep your air free from more contaminants. Typically, the filters that are a little more expensive offer greater energy efficiency, potentially 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 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 309-762-3641.