How Furnace Repair and Maintenance Can Improve Indoor Air Quality12/18/2015The weather outside if frightful, but your furnace is meant to keep your home feeling delightful. Your HVAC system keeps you snug and warm during the cold winter months, but if your system is in need of repair it could be making you unhealthy. As you've taken all the suggestions on how to keep your home as energy-efficient this chilly time of year, you're also sealing off your home from fresh air. This could cause an escalation in both allergens and pollutants. Your annual furnace repair appointment will help keep your air clean and comfortable throughout the year. There are also steps we recommend you take between your yearly maintenance visits to guard your air quality and health. Check and Change Your Air Filter Checking and changing your furnace filter is one of the most important things you can do between furnace repair and maintenance visits. It's highly recommended that furnace filters be changed routinely every 3 months (some longer), but it's wise to check it every month for debris. This is particularly important if you live in a home with smokers or pets. Pollen, pet dander, dust mites and assorted debris more easily build up in dirty filters and that affects the health of those with sensitivities. A dirty filter will also cause a decline in your system's efficiency and lifespan. Regular Cleaning It's highly unlikely you'll be able to open windows and let in fresh air during the winter months and your carpets and furniture will trap all types of indoor pollutants. Keep your home as tidy as possible during this chilly season. Not only will you be ready for any pop-in guests, but you'll keep the dust from upsetting your allergies or blocking your air filter. If you don't have one already, a wise investment is a vacuum with a HEPA filter. Furnace Repair and Maintenance Yearly furnace repair and maintenance is not just crucial for the life of your furnace, but also for your health. If you're using a gas furnace, your home is heated by natural gas or propane. Carbon Monoxide is a natural byproduct of furnace operation. When your system is operating well, CO is channeled out of the home through an exhaust pipe. Your yearly maintenance will find any leaks and and make sure it is operating properly. Your home is your sanctuary. We want to work along side you to keep you as healthy and comfortable as possible. Call us at 503-848-3838 and speak with one of our furnace repair technicians if you have any questions about keeping your furnace and air quality in tip-top shape this season. Or you can simply set up an appointment with us online.