How Your Furnace Impacts Indoor Air Quality 01/14/2015 We all count on our furnaces to keep us warm when it gets cold outside. But have you ever thought about the quality of the air circulating through your furnace and back into your house all winter? Winter keeps more than people trapped inside; it keeps air trapped inside too. And that can be harmful to your indoor air quality. There’s good news: it’s pretty easy to improve your indoor air quality. In fact, it entails very little effort from you. Answer these questions and upgrade your indoor quality: Is your filter clean? The number one factor in cleaner air is filtration. Furnace filters catch contaminants so they aren’t passing through your home (and your lungs). A clean air filter can save you and your family members from aggravated allergies and other illnesses. Just checking your furnace filter once a month and changing it if it’s dark or dirty can keep your system running more efficiently and keep your air cleaner. Do you have the right filter? If your filter is the incorrect size and/or thickness for your furnace, you could be damaging your indoor air quality and the efficiency of your furnace—despite your intention to do the reverse. If a filter is too small, it can let unfiltered air sneak through. A filter that’s too big just won’t fit. Follow Goldilocks’ lead and find the one that’s just right to avoid these problems. Consult the furnace manufacturer’s manual to find the size your furnace needs. Are you using a high-quality filter? You can find furnace filters that will do a basic job and offer you a medium level of filtration, and you can find higher-end filters that remove more contaminants. In general, spending a little more on a higher-quality filter will most likely pay you back, and give you greater energy efficiency and savings on energy bills. One of our highest priorities at Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. is keeping your air clean and comfortable. If you want to learn more about how furnace filters can improve your indoor air quality and which ones would be best for you, call us at 256-574-1300 or set up an appointment online.