Want to improve your indoor air quality? Start with your furnace. It is the first area to examine for compromised indoor air quality. Older furnaces experience more cracks and gaps which allow harmful gases to seep out and into your home.
There are many ways to combat poor indoor air quality, including a new furnace or ductwork replacement for your home. Gainesville Mechanical wants your family to live healthier this winter. Know furnace signs to look for, and what products will boost your indoor air quality this year.
How Your Furnace is Harmful to Indoor Air Quality
If you have a furnace powered by natural gas, oil or propane to heat your home, you risk carbon monoxide (CO) contamination. This gas is colorless, odorless and tasteless, and is untraceable without a carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide gas is produced as a by-product of combustion. If it’s not properly ventilated or leaks to excess, it causes serious health risks and even death. This is an extreme example of the importance of indoor air quality. Be sure and be safe.
Schedule preventative maintenance before winter to avoid breathing issues and create healthier indoor air quality for you and your family. Older furnaces often leak carbon monoxide without you realizing it. Common symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include:
- Shortness of breath
- Mental confusion
- Heart and brain damage
- Loss of consciousness and muscle coordination.
Older Furnaces Lead to Indoor Air Quality Issues
During the winter, furnaces struggle to condition your indoor air properly. Overly-dry air allows viruses and bacteria to grow and spread throughout your home.
Naturally, your family experiences increased allergy and asthma symptoms as well as more respiratory infections when the air is stale and stuffy.
Older furnaces between 15 and 20 years old are more prone to performance issues. Schedule an inspection for your furnace to determine if it needs to be replaced before cold weather hits.
Our NATE-certified technicians provide you with options for a new furnace which fits your needs and budget. Don’t hesitate to call Gainesville Mechanical today and speak with our trusted sales team!
Combine Your Furnace with Indoor Air Quality Products
There are a few products to boost indoor air quality in your home. These products are designed to work with your heating system to provide you with healthier air and increase your unit’s energy efficiency. Consider these products to create a healthier environment:
Ultraviolet (UV) Lights
Stop bacteria, mold, viruses, and other germs with UV lights. Ultraviolet lights installed inside your HVAC system kill harmful contaminants before they circulate around your home.
Easily manage the dryness in your home caused by the furnace with a humidifier. Install a whole-home humidifier to add moisture to indoor air before it is circulated throughout your home.
Your family, therefore, experiences fewer respiratory issues and triggers, including asthma and allergy symptoms, when there is adequate moisture in the air.
Air Cleaners or Purifiers
Install an air purifier or cleaner with your HVAC system and reduce the number of particulates floating throughout your ductwork and home. Air cleaners and purifiers provide an additional line of defense for enhanced filtration.
These are great when your furnace filter can’t keep up with the allergens, pollen and debris in your home. In fact, you will notice fewer respiratory issues when you pair an air purifier or cleaner with your furnace or heat pump.
Gainesville Mechanical Wants to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality
Improve your home’s indoor air quality during this fall and winter. Create a comfortable environment during the winter months with indoor air quality equipment in your heating system.
Call Gainesville Mechanical to learn more about our indoor air quality products and which new furnace or heat pump is right for your home. We serve Gainesville and surrounding communities, including Pendergrass, Clermont and Braselton, Georgia.