Staying warm during the frigid 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 stuck inside with you? Assuming your home is appropriately sealed and you don’t feel drafts of cold air making their way in, your indoor air quality might 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 so cold outside, but it is important to consider throughout 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 out of the air you’re breathing starts with filtration. Not only do furnace filters keep contaminants from constantly circulating in your home, they help lessen the chance of those contaminants affecting allergies, disease and other illnesses. Ensuring you check your furnace filter once a month can help make sure your system is working at its top efficiency and keeping contaminants out of your air. If you realize 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 a negative 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 ensure you choose the correct size, check the size of the old filter, or take a peek 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 put together using 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 in the end keeps your air free from more contaminants. More often than not, the filters that are a little more expensive provide greater energy efficiency, potentially saving you money as time goes on.
Keeping your air clean and comfortable is one of our highest 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 hearing more about furnace filters and how they affect your indoor air quality, give us a call at 503-663-8033.