How Your Furnace Impacts Indoor Air Quality

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Staying warm during the frigid 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 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 way too cold outside, but it is important to consider throughout the cooler months. The good thing is that boosting your indoor air quality is simple 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 your home starts with filtration. Not only do furnace filters keep contaminants from constantly circulating in your home, they help decrease the chance of those contaminants affecting allergies, disease and other illnesses. Ensuring you check your furnace filter once a month can ensure your system is running at its top efficiency and keeping contaminants out of your air. If you realize that your filter is dark or dirty, go ahead and swap out the filter with a new one.

Size makes a difference

Furnace filters come in various sizes and thicknesses, and choosing the incorrect one can have an adverse  effect on the cleanliness of your air and its efficiency. Filters that are too small permit 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 problems. To make sure 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 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 contain more contaminants. The truth is that the basic filters are created with 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 large 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 offer greater energy efficiency, possibly saving you money as time goes on.

Keeping your air clean and comfortable is one of our top priorities, and keeping an eye on your furnace filter can help you boost 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 862-345-6896.

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