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 major priority, how often do you think about the air caught inside with you? Assuming your home is correctly sealed and you don’t feel drafts of cold air making their way in, your indoor air quality might be worse than you’d like it to be. Sure, indoor air quality isn’t the most thrilling 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 increasing your indoor air quality is easy 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 out of your home starts with filtration. Not only do furnace filters keep contaminants from remaining in your home, they help reduce the chance of those contaminants contributing to allergies, disease and other illnesses. Scheduling time to check your furnace filter once a month can help make sure 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 change out the filter with a new one. Size makes a difference Furnace filters come in a variety of sizes and thicknesses, and picking the incorrect one can have an undesirable 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. Choosing 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 check the owner’s manual of your furnace. Improved results When you shop for 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 catch 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 huge impact on your indoor air quality, and can help keep your air free from more contaminants. More often than not, the filters that are a little more expensive give you greater energy efficiency, and could end up saving you money in the long run. Keeping your air clean and comfortable is one of our highest 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 knowing more about furnace filters and how they affect your indoor air quality, give us a call at 503-848-3838.