How Your Furnace Impacts Indoor Air Quality 01/14/2015Staying warm during the bitterly cold winter can be a nuisance. While being comfortable when the temperature is its coldest is a top priority, how often do you think about the air trapped inside with you? Assuming your home is properly sealed and you don’t feel drafts of cold air making their way in, your indoor air quality may be lower than you’d like. 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 during the winter months. The good thing is that increasing your indoor air quality is easy 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 to follow 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 reduce the chance of those contaminants contributing to allergies, disease and other illnesses. Making a point to check your furnace filter once a month can help make sure your system is running at its top efficiency and keeping contaminants out of your air. If you recognize that your filter is dark or dirty, go ahead and switch out the filter with a new one. Size makes a difference Furnace filters come in various sizes and thicknesses, and selecting the incorrect one can have a negative 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 headaches. To make certain you choose the correct size, check the size of the old filter, or look at the owner’s manual of your furnace. Improved results When you go to get 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 capture 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 huge 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, potentially 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 better 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 614-451-0846.