How Your Furnace Impacts Indoor Air Quality

January 14, 2015

Staying warm during the chilly winter can be a challenge. 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 making their way in, your indoor air quality might be less than desirable.

Sure, indoor air quality isn’t the most thrilling thing to think about when it’s freezing cold outside, but it is important to consider during the colder months. The good thing is that improving your indoor air quality is 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 out of the air you’re breathing starts with filtration. Not only do furnace filters keep contaminants from remaining in your home, they help lessen 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 peak efficiency and keeping contaminants out of your air. If you realize 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 picking the incorrect one can have a negative  effect on the cleanliness of your air and its efficiency. Filters that are too small let 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 ensure you’ve got the correct size, check the size of the old filter, or take a peek at the owner’s manual of your furnace.

Improved results

When you shop for furnace filters, you’ll see a variety of 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 created with loose fiberglass mesh, and do offer you 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 provide 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 improve 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 319-229-2318.