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How’s Your Air Quality?

Winter, or “the heating season” as those of us in the HVAC industry call it, is a time when most homeowners are concerned primarily with keeping their household warm. Furnaces, heat pumps, proper insulation for energy efficiency and other issues related to home heating are in the forefront, but there’s an important aspect of the heating season that doesn’t get a lot of attention – the effect on the air quality in your home.

You can’t see the air in your home of course, and you may not even be away of any air quality issues, but during the winter when the house is sealed up nice and tight air quality is particularly likely to take a turn for the worse. Regardless of how good the ventilation is in your house, your home still acts like a trap, with stagnant air gathering inside the structure and offering the perfect environment for mold and other microscopic organisms to gather and dust can quickly accumulate. The result is a situation where breathing can be difficult – if not dangerous.

There’s a proven solution to indoor air quality problems, however: proper filtration. Air filters are available in a variety styles and strengths – check out our previous blog post about types of air filters for more information – but the vast majority are of the type that are installed at vent openings where ductwork feeds air into a room.

For Your Health

Many of us are so used to living with poor indoor air quality that we don’t even realize the effect it is having on our health and day-to-day wellbeing. If you don’t have filters in your HVAC system, or haven’t changed them for some time, dust, pollen, mold spores and other irritants could be suppressing your immune system and causing colds and other illnesses to be worse than they otherwise might be.

How Strong of a Filter Do I Need?

If you don’t have any pets and you don’t suffer from allergies, you’ll see air quality benefits from inexpensive 30-day disposable filters. If you have pets however, or you tend to suffer from allergies, you should consider investing in a stronger filter – pets can spread their hair and dander throughout the entire house, and a stronger filter can help mitigate this.

For Your System

Filtration isn’t just important for health reasons, of course – proper filtration and maintenance of your HVAC filters is the single most important task you should be doing to maintain your heating system. Dirty filters only compound air quality issues and impede the efficient operation of your heating system, so make sure you’re at least checking, and preferably changing your filters roughly every 30 days.

If you aren’t sure how to go about installing or changing the filters in your HVAC system, give us a call and we’ll be happy to answer your questions and help you find the best air quality solution for your home!

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