How Furnace Repair and Maintenance Can Improve Indoor Air Quality12/18/2015The weather outside if frightful, but your furnace is meant to keep your home feeling delightful. Your HVAC system keeps you snug and warm during the frigid winter months, but if your system is in need of repair it could be making you sick. As you've taken all the suggestions on how to keep your home as energy-efficient this chilly winter, you're also sealing off your home from fresh air. This could cause an increase in both allergens and pollutants. Your annual furnace repair appointment will help keep your air clean and comfortable all year long. There are also some steps you can take between your yearly maintenance visits to secure your air quality and health. Check and Change Your Air Filter Checking and changing your furnace filter is the most critical thing you can do between furnace repair and maintenance visits. It's highly recommended that furnace filters be changed at minimum every 3 months (some longer), but it's wise to check it once a month for debris. This is especially important if you live in a home with smokers or pets. Pollen, pet dander, dust mites and numerous other kinds of debris more easily build up in grimy filters and that affects the health of those with sensitivities. A dirty filter will also lower your system's efficiency and lifespan. Regular Cleaning It's highly unlikely you'll be able to open windows and let in fresh air during the winter months and your carpets and furniture will trap all types of indoor pollutants. Keep your home as clean as possible during this cold time of year. Not only will you be all set for any unexpected guests, but you'll keep the dust from disturbing your allergies or clogging up your air filter. If you don't have one already, a wise investment is a vacuum with a HEPA filter. Furnace Repair and Maintenance Annual furnace repair and maintenance is not just for the life of your furnace, but also for your health. If you own a gas furnace, your home is heated by natural gas or propane. Carbon Monoxide is a natural side effect of furnace operation. When your system is operating as it is meant to, CO is channeled out of the home through an exhaust pipe. Your yearly maintenance will pinpoint any leaks and and make sure it is operating properly. Your home is your safe haven. We want to work with you in order to keep you as healthy and comfortable as possible. Call us at 815-788-6283 and chat with one of our furnace repair technicians if you have any questions about keeping your furnace and air quality in tip-top shape this season. Or you can conveniently set up an appointment with us online.