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How Your Furnace Impacts Indoor Air Quality

Staying warm during the frigid winter can be a challenge. While being comfortable when the temperature is its coldest is a top 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 coming in, your indoor air quality could 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 easy 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 simple 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 contributing to allergies, disease and other illnesses. Ensuring you check your furnace filter once a month can let you know your system is working at its top 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 a variety of 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 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 issues. To make sure you choose the correct size, check the size of the old filter, or look at 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 catch more contaminants. The truth is that the basic filters are created with 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 in the end keeps your air free from more contaminants. Typically, 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 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 learing more about furnace filters and how they affect your indoor air quality, give us a call at 301-363-4699.

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