The weather outside if frightful, but your furnace is meant to keep your home feeling delightful. Your HVAC system keeps you comfortable and warm during the chilly winter months, but if your system is in need of repair it could be making you unhealthy. As you've taken the necessary 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 year-round. There are also things you can do between your yearly 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 typically suggested that furnace filters be changed routinely 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 unclean filters and that affects the health of those with sensitivities. A dirty filter will also lower your system's efficiency and lifespan.
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 trap all types of indoor pollutants. Keep your home as tidy as possible during this cold time of year. Not only will you be ready for any pop-in guests, but you'll keep the dust from disrupting 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
Annual furnace repair and maintenance is not just 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 find 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 713-469-3357 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.