How Your Furnace Impacts Indoor Air Quality

Heating

Staying warm during the chilly winter can be challenging. 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 properly sealed and you don’t feel drafts of cold air sneaking in, your indoor air quality may be worse than you’d like it to be.

Sure, indoor air quality isn’t the most thrilling thing to think about when it’s so cold outside, but it is important to consider throughout the winter 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 lessen the chance of those contaminants contributing to 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 swap out the filter with a new one.

Size makes a difference

Furnace filters come in various sizes and thicknesses, and selecting the incorrect one can have a negative  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. Going with a a filter that is too big simply won’t fit your system correctly, bringing about its own issues. To ensure you choose the correct size, check the size of the old filter, or check the owner’s manual of your furnace.

Improved results

When you go to get 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 capture more contaminants. The truth is that the basic filters are put together using 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 can help keep your air free from more contaminants. Usually, 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 greatest 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 402-438-7992.

Back To Blog