How Your Furnace Impacts Indoor Air Quality 01/14/2015Staying warm during the chilly winter can be a challenge. 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 appropriately sealed and you don’t feel drafts of cold air sneaking in, your indoor air quality may be less than desirable. Sure, indoor air quality isn’t the most exciting 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 improving your indoor air quality is quite easy 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 constantly circulating in your home, they help reduce the chance of those contaminants contributing to allergies, disease and other illnesses. Ensuring you check your furnace filter once a month can let you know 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 change out the filter with a new one. Size makes a difference Furnace filters come in a variety of sizes and thicknesses, and selecting 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 headaches. To ensure you have the correct size, check the size of the old filter, or look at 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 catch more contaminants. The truth is that the basic filters are created with 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 ultimately keeps your air free from more contaminants. Typically, the filters that are a little more expensive provide greater energy efficiency, and could end up 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 learing more about furnace filters and how they affect your indoor air quality, give us a call at 715-345-1979.