The air inside a home or building can be far more contaminated than the air outdoors, thanks to less ventilation and other factors. A malfunctioning furnace could also be diminishing your air quality, right under your nose – while your furnace may still be heating, its operation could be contributing to poor indoor air quality.
When furnaces aren’t maintained annually, they typically give off more pollution than their well-maintained counterparts. Today’s homes are sealed tightly in the name of energy efficiency, meaning these contaminants are trapped inside as well.
A furnace which hasn’t been maintained will can also add more moisture into the heated air it produces. This creates higher humidity levels indoors, which contributes to mold growth and other issues if left unchecked.
Furnaces must be ventilated to the outdoors for safety. Carbon monoxide is a byproduct of the combustion process, which is typically vented outdoors – causing no harm to you. If there is a ventilation issue with your furnace, you may not know it, and carbon monoxide could be backing up into your home – this problem can be deadly.
Combat furnace issues causing poor indoor air quality
Make sure your furnace is keeping your family warm, not causing you more problems. Schedule preventative maintenance each year – it’s best to do so before heating season, but if you haven’t done it yet, it’s not too late! Your furnace technician will identify and resolve any malfunctions which could be diminishing indoor air quality.
Also, check your air filters and ventilation regularly – change filters when necessary. Doing so will improve air circulation and keep your family healthy.
Is your Cincinnati furnace the source of the air quality issues you’ve experienced at home? Nelson Comfort’s NATE-certified technicians will thoroughly inspect your system, and provide the solutions you need to restore positive indoor air quality and heating efficiency.