How Furnace Repair and Maintenance Can Improve Indoor Air Quality12/18/2015The weather outside if frightful, but your furnace is meant to keep your home feeling delightful. Your HVAC system keeps you comfy and warm during the cold winter months, but if your system is in need of repair it could be making you sick. As you've taken all the steps to keep your home as energy-efficient this chilly winter, you're also sealing off your home from fresh air. This could cause an increase in both allergens and pollutants. Your annual furnace repair appointment will help keep your air clean and comfortable year-round. There are also things you can do between your yearly maintenance visits to protect your air quality and health. Check and Change Your Air Filter Checking and changing your furnace filter is one of the most crucial things you can do between furnace repair and maintenance visits. It's usually suggested that furnace filters be changed at minimum every 3 months (some longer), but it's wise to check it every month for debris. This is especially important if you live in a home with smokers or pets. Pollen, pet dander, dust mites and numerous other kinds of debris more easily build up in unclean filters and that affects the health of those with sensitivities. A dirty filter will also lower your system's efficiency and lifespan. Regular Cleaning It's not likely you'll be able to open windows and let in fresh air during the winter months and your carpets and furniture will hold onto all types of indoor pollutants. Keep your home as tidy as possible during this cold time of year. Not only will you be prepared for any unexpected guests, but you'll keep the dust from upsetting your allergies or mucking up your air filter. If you don't have one already, a wise investment is a vacuum with a HEPA filter. Furnace Repair and Maintenance Yearly furnace repair and maintenance is not only important for the life of your furnace, but also for your health. If you have a gas furnace, your home is heated by natural gas or propane. Carbon Monoxide is a natural byproduct of furnace operation. When your system is operating as it is meant to, CO is channeled out of the home through an exhaust pipe. Your yearly maintenance will find any leaks and and make sure it is operating properly. Your home is your sanctuary. We want to work with you in order to keep you as healthy and comfortable as possible. Call us at 509-397-3622 and chat with one of our furnace repair technicians if you have any questions about keeping your furnace and air quality in tip-top shape this season. Or you can easily set up an appointment with us online.