How Furnace Repair and Maintenance Can Improve Indoor Air Quality12/18/2015The weather outside if frightful, but your furnace was made to keep your home feeling delightful. Your HVAC system keeps you snug and warm during the cold winter months, but if your system is in need of repair it could be making you ill. As you've taken the necessary steps to keep your home as energy-efficient this chilly time of year, you're also sealing off your home from fresh air. This could cause an escalation in both allergens and pollutants. Your annual furnace repair appointment will help keep your air clean and comfortable year-round. There are also some steps you can take between your yearly maintenance visits to secure 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 highly recommended that furnace filters be changed at least 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 decrease 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 build up all types of indoor pollutants. Keep your home as clean as possible during this cold time of year. Not only will you be ready for any surprise 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 good investment is a vacuum with a HEPA filter. Furnace Repair and Maintenance Once-a-year furnace repair and maintenance is not only important for the life of your furnace, but also for your health. If you own 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 well, CO is channeled out of the home through an exhaust pipe. Your yearly maintenance will catch any leaks and and make sure it is operating properly. Your home is your safe haven. We want to do what's best for you to keep you as healthy and comfortable as possible. Call us at 804-379-1155 and speak 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 conveniently set up an appointment with us online.