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 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 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 so cold outside, but it is important to consider through the winter months. The good thing is that increasing 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 to follow tips: Check your filter Keeping contaminants out of the air you’re breathing starts with filtration. Not only do furnace filters keep contaminants from circulating over and over, they help reduce 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 operating at its peak efficiency and keeping contaminants out of your air. If you notice 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 picking 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 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 take a look at furnace filters, you’ll see a number 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 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 big impact on your indoor air quality, and in the end keeps your air free from more contaminants. More often than not, the filters that are a little more expensive give you greater energy efficiency, possibly saving you money over time. Keeping your air clean and comfortable is one of our highest priorities, and keeping an eye on your furnace filter can help you better 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 708-301-0170.