How Your Furnace Impacts Indoor Air Quality 01/14/2015Staying warm during the bitterly cold 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 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 might be less than desirable. Sure, indoor air quality isn’t the most exhilarating thing to think about when it’s so cold outside, but it is important to consider throughout the cooler months. The good thing is that boosting 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 at bay starts with filtration. Not only do furnace filters keep contaminants from constantly circulating in your home, they help decrease the chance of those contaminants worsening allergies, disease and other illnesses. Scheduling time to check your furnace filter once a month can ensure your system is operating at its best efficiency and keeping contaminants out of your air. If you realize that your filter is dark or dirty, go ahead and swap 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 undesirable 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 sure 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 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 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 big impact on your indoor air quality, and ultimately keeps your air free from more contaminants. Typically, the filters that are a little more expensive give you greater energy efficiency, possibly saving you money over time. Keeping your air clean and comfortable is one of our highest 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 knowing more about furnace filters and how they affect your indoor air quality, give us a call at 318-747-4965.