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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 caught inside with you? Assuming your home is properly sealed and you don’t feel drafts of cold air sneaking 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 increasing 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 reduce 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 working at its best 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 a variety of sizes and thicknesses, and picking 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 problems. To ensure you’ve got the correct size, check the size of the old filter, or check the owner’s manual of your furnace.

Improved results

When you shop for 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 made up of 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 big 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 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 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 912-208-2470.

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