How Your Furnace Impacts Indoor Air Quality

January 14, 2015

Staying warm during the frigid winter can be a challenge. While being comfortable when the temperature is its coldest is a big priority, how often do you think about the air stuck inside with you? Assuming your home is correctly sealed and you don’t feel drafts of cold air making their way in, your indoor air quality could 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 colder months. The good thing is that increasing 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 circulating over and over, they help reduce the chance of those contaminants worsening allergies, disease and other illnesses. Making a point to check your furnace filter once a month can ensure your system is working at its best efficiency and keeping contaminants out of your air. If you notice 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 picking 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 issues. To make sure you choose 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 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 contain 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 big impact on your indoor air quality, and in the end keeps your air free from more contaminants. Usually, 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 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 636-206-4250.