How Your Furnace Impacts Indoor Air Quality

January 14, 2015

Staying warm during the bitterly cold winter can be a challenge. While being comfortable when the temperature is its coldest is a major 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 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 boosting your indoor air quality is simple 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 constantly circulating in your home, they help lessen the chance of those contaminants contributing to allergies, disease and other illnesses. Making a point to check your furnace filter once a month can ensure your system is operating at its best efficiency and keeping contaminants out of your air. If you notice 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 various sizes and thicknesses, and selecting the incorrect one can have an adverse  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 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 number 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 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 large impact on your indoor air quality, and in the end keeps your air free from more contaminants. Typically, the filters that are a little more expensive give you greater energy efficiency, and could end up saving you money in the long run.

Keeping your air clean and comfortable is one of our highest priorities, and keeping an eye on your furnace filter can help you boost your indoor air quality and ensure your home will stay as comfortable as ever. If you’re interested in learing more about furnace filters and how they affect your indoor air quality, give us a call at 408-215-1018.