How Your Furnace Impacts Indoor Air Quality 01/14/2015Staying warm during the frigid winter can be challenging. While being comfortable when the temperature is its coldest is a big 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 sneaking in, your indoor air quality might be less than desirable. 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 throughout the cooler months. The good thing is that improving 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 easy to follow tips: Check your filter Keeping contaminants at bay starts with filtration. Not only do furnace filters keep contaminants from remaining 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 top efficiency and keeping contaminants out of your air. If you realize 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 selecting the incorrect one can have an adverse 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. Picking 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 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 put together using 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 huge impact on your indoor air quality, and ultimately keeps your air free from more contaminants. Usually, the filters that are a little more expensive provide greater energy efficiency, potentially saving you money in the long run. 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 610-626-2540.