Staying warm during the bitterly cold winter can be a nuisance. While being comfortable when the temperature is its coldest is a top 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 sneaking in, your indoor air quality may be less than desirable.
Sure, indoor air quality isn’t the most thrilling thing to think about when it’s way too cold outside, but it is important to consider throughout the colder months. The good thing is that boosting your indoor air quality is quite 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 easy to follow tips:
Check your filter
Keeping contaminants out of your home starts with filtration. Not only do furnace filters keep contaminants from remaining in your home, they help reduce 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 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 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 let 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 issues. 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 take a look at 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 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 big impact on your indoor air quality, and can help keep your air free from more contaminants. More often than not, the filters that are a little more expensive offer greater energy efficiency, and could end up saving you money over time.
Keeping your air clean and comfortable is one of our greatest 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 hearing more about furnace filters and how they affect your indoor air quality, give us a call at 530-885-8081.