How Your Furnace Impacts Indoor Air Quality 01/14/2015Staying warm during the chilly 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 trapped inside with you? Assuming your home is appropriately sealed and you don’t feel drafts of cold air sneaking in, your indoor air quality could 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 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 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 worsening 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 switch 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 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 issues. To make sure 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 go to get furnace filters, you’ll see various 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 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 offer greater energy efficiency, and could end up saving you money over time. 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 hearing more about furnace filters and how they affect your indoor air quality, give us a call at 803-318-6995.