5 Ways Furnace Maintenance Improves Indoor Air Quality

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Furnace maintenance should be your first priority this season if you want to stay comfortable through the season. The outdoor temperatures are currently at their lowest, and you can’t afford to go through a single night without heat. But what many homeowners don’t realize is that maintain that heating system isn’t just to keep their home warm; it’s also to maintain their indoor air quality. The Environmental Protection Agency rates indoor air pollution as one of the top five environmental risk and though your furnace may be the one thing keeping you warm this winter, it may also put your health at risk if not maintained properly. You may think that you are safe from the effects of dirty air but in most cases, you are not. While the effects of allergies may be greatest during colder months, the most dangerous time to suffer the effects of indoor air pollution is during colder months when the furnace is running. There is a good chance that your furnace is realizing all sorts of dust, debris and allergens into the air, especially if hasn’t been properly maintained in months. And don’t think this problem is unique to older furnaces. Newer models are just as likely to create indoor air quality problems. Before these problems begin to impact the health of your family, you need to take action in making sure your furnace is ready to deliver the heat and better indoor air quality. It can mean all the difference in how you enjoy the season!

Why You Should Call Gold Star Service

If you want high-quality furnace maintenance, make Gold Star Service your first choice for service. We have a team of licensed, fully-trained heating contractors who can inspect your system down to the last detail. We recommend you give us a call for a heating maintenance check once a year, ideally right before winter begins. In the event you haven’t done so, call us now to ensure your home stays warm for the next few months ahead. You can count on our technicians to inspect even the smallest, hard-to-find areas of the system. We’ll even inspect the system for any internal dirt and debris buildup so your indoor air quality remains healthy. If gets to the point where your furnace appears beyond repair, we’ll gladly help you with furnace replacement and provide you a brand new, highly-efficient model. For any boiler issues, we’ll also provide high-quality boiler services. Thanks to our help, you can expect greater system efficiency that will so your furnace work longer and save you money on heating repair. Even better, since dirt and debris will be cleared from the system, you won’t have to worry about your family coughing and sneezing due to indoor air contaminants. You’ll be able to relax so much more this winter knowing you have a heating system that can deliver heat and keep your family for any bad air.

How Can You Improve Indoor Air Quality?

You may not a licensed heating technician will all the tools and experience to conduct furnace maintenance, but there are some things you can do to ensure the system is not damaging indoor air quality. Please follow these tips:

  • Change Your Filters: Every furnace sports a filter that helps to remove dirt, dander and other allergens before it runs through your heating system and is released into the air you breathe. Be sure to change your filters every three months to ensure that they are able to trap the contaminants that pass through your furnace system.
  • Buy the Right Filters: Be sure that you choose a filter that is deigned to trap dirt, dust dander and other allergens. The best furnace filters to use for optimal air quality are those with a tight weave (they trap more contaminants), and an MERV 8 rating.
  • Invest in a Humidifier: Your furnace will lose its ability to manage humidity levels in your home the older it becomes. This can lead to a buildup of allergens in the air which can lead to a host of physical symptoms (coughing, wheezing, congestion, etc.). Install a humidifier in your home or on your furnace to help keep moisture levels stable.
  • Call for Duct Cleaning: Dirt and debris can clog up your ductwork and fill the air in your home with nasty contaminants that puts everyone’s well-being at risk. Regular duct cleaning can help remove everything from dust to mold to virus and bacteria form your home’s air.
  • Carbon Monoxide Leaks: Older furnaces risks leaking carbon monoxide when they begin to malfunction. Some older models house cracks that cannot be easily detected, which will only allow carbon monoxide to filter throughout your home. Though it’s a deadly gas, carbon monoxide is also odorless, meaning it’s entering your home without you having any clue. There are two ways to keep your family safe form this danger: have your furnace inspected annually and install a carbon monoxide alarm in your home.

Contact Gold Star Service today if you want to learn more on how you can improve indoor air quality thanks to furnace maintenance!

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