November 1st marks the start of National Lung Month, which means it’s time to take a look at your home’s air quality. We rely on our heating systems to get us through the cold months that are quickly approaching, but did you know your aging furnace could actually be decreasing your indoor air quality? Here’s everything you need to know.
Furnaces last for roughly 15 years on average before the wear and tear on the internal components starts to impact their efficiency and operation. Once your unit begins to degrade, it can lose the ability to properly regulate the humidity levels in your home, which can lead to dry air. Dry air can cause wooden furniture to crack, bring about issues related to shifting framework, and respiratory and dermatological health problems. If you notice any of these warning signs, it may be time for a furnace upgrade.
While we are on the topic of how your dated furnace can impact your indoor air quality, you should be aware that carbon monoxide could be present in your home at any time. It is more of a concern if you have an older furnace, but it can become an issue regardless of how old your unit is. Carbon monoxide is a byproduct of combustion, so if your furnace was improperly installed or has developed leaks, it could become a very serious problem. It’s important to know the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning and have quality carbon monoxide monitors placed around your home.
Dirt & Debris
A dirty furnace can negatively impact your home’s indoor air quality in several ways, and it can also reduce the efficiency of your unit. The best way to combat a dirty furnace is to regularly change your furnace filters. Unfortunately, they aren’t able to trap everything; especially if they aren’t changed regularly. Over time, the dust and debris that makes it past the filter will collect in your furnace and ductwork, and circulate throughout the air in your home. This is why it’s important to get your ducts cleaned regularly and book annual maintenance for your furnace.
Air ducts are the last stop for the air coming through your HVAC system before it circulates throughout your home. If you have been using a dirty filter, the dirt and debris that it collected could settle in your ductwork over time, drastically reducing the quality of the air in your home.
Improve your indoor air quality with a new heating system,
or with expert air quality tips and solutions from Team Harding technicians!
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