Staying warm during the frigid winter can be a nuisance. 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 properly sealed and you don’t feel drafts of cold air making their way 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 freezing cold outside, but it is important to consider during the colder months. The good thing is that increasing your indoor air quality is easy 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 your home starts with filtration. Not only do furnace filters keep contaminants from constantly circulating in your home, they help reduce the chance of those contaminants contributing to allergies, disease and other illnesses. Scheduling time to check your furnace filter once a month can let you know your system is operating 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 various sizes and thicknesses, and picking 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. Choosing a filter that is too big simply won’t fit your system correctly, bringing about its own problems. To make sure you have the correct size, check the size of the old filter, or look at the owner’s manual of your furnace.
When you shop for furnace filters, you’ll see various options, everything from your most basic models that serve their purpose, to the higher end filters that contain 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 big impact on your indoor air quality, and can help keep your air free from more contaminants. Typically, the filters that are a little more expensive give you greater energy efficiency, potentially saving you money as time goes on.
Keeping your air clean and comfortable is one of our top 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 304-707-0600.