How Your Furnace Impacts Indoor Air Quality 01/14/2015Staying warm during the frigid 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 trapped inside with you? Assuming your home is appropriately sealed and you don’t feel drafts of cold air coming in, your indoor air quality could 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 way too cold outside, but it is important to consider throughout the colder months. The good thing is that boosting your indoor air quality is quite 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 simple tips: Check your filter Keeping contaminants at bay starts with filtration. Not only do furnace filters keep contaminants from remaining in your home, they help reduce the chance of those contaminants affecting allergies, disease and other illnesses. Ensuring you check your furnace filter once a month can let you know your system is working at its peak efficiency and keeping contaminants out of your air. If you notice 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 number of sizes and thicknesses, and selecting the incorrect one can have an adverse 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 problems. 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 a number 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 made up of 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 big impact on your indoor air quality, and ultimately keeps your air free from more contaminants. Usually, 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 boost 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 815-788-6283.