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How Your Furnace Impacts Indoor Air Quality

Staying warm during the frigid 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 trapped inside with you? Assuming your home is correctly sealed and you don’t feel drafts of cold air coming in, your indoor air quality may be lower than you’d like.

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 during the cooler months. The good thing is that boosting 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 at bay starts with filtration. Not only do furnace filters keep contaminants from remaining in your home, they help decrease the chance of those contaminants affecting allergies, disease and other illnesses. Making a point to check your furnace filter once a month can let you know your system is working at its best efficiency and keeping contaminants out of your air. If you recognize 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 choosing 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. 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 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 catch 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 huge impact on your indoor air quality, and ultimately keeps your air free from more contaminants. Typically, the filters that are a little more expensive offer greater energy efficiency, potentially saving you money in the long run.

Keeping your air clean and comfortable is one of our top priorities, and keeping an eye on your furnace filter can help you better 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 301-363-4699.

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