How Your Furnace Impacts Indoor Air Quality

January 14, 2015

Staying warm during the frigid winter can be a nuisance. 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 freezing cold outside, but it is important to consider during the colder months. The good thing is that improving your indoor air quality is quite easy and doesn’t require a lot 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 out of your home starts with filtration. Not only do furnace filters keep contaminants from circulating over and over, they help lessen the chance of those contaminants affecting allergies, disease and other illnesses. Scheduling time to 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 realize 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 a number of sizes and thicknesses, and picking the incorrect one can have an adverse  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. 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 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 created with loose fiberglass mesh, and do offer 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 large 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 offer greater energy efficiency, potentially saving you money as time goes on.

Keeping your air clean and comfortable is one of our top 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 hearing more about furnace filters and how they affect your indoor air quality, give us a call at 601-736-7362.