How Your Furnace Impacts Indoor Air Quality 01/14/2015Staying warm during the bitterly cold 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 stuck inside with you? Assuming your home is properly sealed and you don’t feel drafts of cold air sneaking in, your indoor air quality might 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 freezing cold outside, but it is important to consider during the colder months. The good thing is that boosting your indoor air quality is 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 simple tips: Check your filter Keeping contaminants at bay starts with filtration. Not only do furnace filters keep contaminants from circulating over and over, they help lessen the chance of those contaminants worsening allergies, disease and other illnesses. Scheduling time to check your furnace filter once a month can let you know your system is running at its peak efficiency and keeping contaminants out of your air. If you notice 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 a variety of sizes and thicknesses, and picking the incorrect one can have a negative 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. Picking a filter that is too big simply won’t fit your system correctly, bringing about its own headaches. To make certain you’ve got the correct size, check the size of the old filter, or look at the owner’s manual of your furnace. Improved results When you shop for 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 put together using 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 big 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 provide greater energy efficiency, and could end up saving you money in the long run. Keeping your air clean and comfortable is one of our highest priorities, and keeping an eye on your furnace filter can help you improve 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 540-483-5605.