How Your Furnace Impacts Indoor Air Quality

January 14, 2015

Staying warm during the frigid winter can be challenging. 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 correctly sealed and you don’t feel drafts of cold air making their way in, your indoor air quality may be worse than you’d like it to be.

Sure, indoor air quality isn’t the most exhilarating 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 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 easy tips:

Check your filter

Keeping contaminants at bay starts with filtration. Not only do furnace filters keep contaminants from constantly circulating in your home, they help lessen 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 peak 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 a number of 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 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 problems. To ensure you have 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 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 made up of loose fiberglass mesh, and do offer you 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. Typically, the filters that are a little more expensive give you 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 hearing more about furnace filters and how they affect your indoor air quality, give us a call at 862-345-6896.