How Your Furnace Impacts Indoor Air Quality 01/14/2015Staying warm during the frigid winter can be a nuisance. While being comfortable when the temperature is its coldest is a big priority, how often do you think about the air trapped inside with you? Assuming your home is correctly sealed and you don’t feel drafts of cold air coming in, your indoor air quality may be less than desirable. 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 through the colder months. The good thing is that increasing your indoor air quality is simple and doesn’t require a ton of effort on your part. From furnace filters to routine winter maintenance, improve the air you’re breathing with a few of these easy to follow tips: Check your filter Keeping contaminants out of your home starts with filtration. Not only do furnace filters keep contaminants from circulating over and over, 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 operating at its best efficiency and keeping contaminants out of your air. If you recognize 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 various 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 allow unfiltered air through, sending dirty particles out into your home. Going with a a filter that is too big simply won’t fit your system correctly, bringing about its own headaches. To ensure 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 various 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 huge 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 offer greater energy efficiency, possibly saving you money over time. Keeping your air clean and comfortable is one of our greatest 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 717-597-9900 .