How Furnace Repair and Maintenance Can Improve Indoor Air Quality12/18/2015The weather outside if frightful, but your furnace should be keeping your home feeling delightful. Your HVAC system keeps you comfortable and warm during the frigid 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 things you can do 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 typically 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 particularly 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 dirty 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. Regular Cleaning It's highly unlikely 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 this cold time of year. Not only will you be all set for any surprise guests, but you'll keep the dust from disturbing your allergies or blocking 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 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 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 safe haven. We want to work along side you to keep you as healthy and comfortable as possible. Call us at 815-459-4700 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 simply set up an appointment with us online.