The 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 frigid winter months, but if your system is in need of repair it could be making you unhealthy. As you've taken all the suggestions on how 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 a rise in both allergens and pollutants. Your annual furnace repair appointment will help keep your air clean and comfortable throughout the year. There are also steps we recommend you take between your annual 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 important 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 monthly 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 cause a decline in your system's efficiency and lifespan.
It's not usually possible to open windows and let in fresh air during the winter months and your carpets and furniture will trap all types of indoor pollutants. Keep your home as clean as possible during the winter months. Not only will you be all set for any pop-in guests, but you'll keep the dust from upsetting your allergies or blocking your air filter. If you don't have one already, a smart purchase is a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
Furnace Repair and Maintenance
Once-a-year furnace repair and maintenance is not just for the life of your furnace, but also for your health. If you're using 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 pinpoint any leaks and and make sure it is operating properly.
Your home is your castle. We want to do what's best for you to keep you as healthy and comfortable as possible. Call us at 360-255-5857 and talk to one of our furnace repair technicians if you have any questions about keeping your furnace and air quality in tip-top shape this season.