The 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 all the steps to keep your home as energy-efficient this chilly season, 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 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 the most critical thing 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 once a month for debris. This is especially important if you live in a home with smokers or pets. Pollen, pet dander, dust mites and assorted debris more easily build up in grimy 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 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 tidy as possible during the winter months. Not only will you be all set for any surprise guests, but you'll keep the dust from upsetting your allergies or clogging 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 just crucial 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 derivative of furnace operation. When your system is operating properly, 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 sanctuary. We want to do what's best for you to keep you as healthy and comfortable as possible. Call us at 847-306-8990 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.