Furnace Maintenance Cranbury, NJ
You and your family depend on your furnace to keep your family warm during the cold Cranbury, NJ winter, which is why furnace maintenance is so important.
But have you ever thought about the type of impact your furnace may have on the air in your home that you breathe if it hasn’t been recently updated? During the cold season, furnace maintenance is vital when it comes to you and your family’s health.
Air pollution is a true risk that can put your family’s health in jeopardy. The average person inhales about 15,000 quarts of air per day. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has rated indoor air pollution as one of the top 5 environmental risks affecting humans today. Indoor air pollution is two to five times greater than the worst outdoor pollution, and because of this cases of childhood asthma are on the rise, and 50 million Americans suffer from allergies.
Be Alert to Potential Dangers
Indoor air pollution is caused by many things, including chemicals found in your carpeting, furniture and even paint. Even basic dust and dirt brought in by pets, shoes or clothing can cause pollution. That is why it is so important to have a furnace maintenance before the winter season hits. Some of the biggest culprits invading your home right now could be:
- Pet Dander
- Dirt and Dust
- Building Materials
- Cleaning Supplies
- Mold and Mildew
- Tobacco Smoke
- Carbon Monoxide
- Virus or Bacterias
What’s Making Indoor Air Pollution Worse?
Dirty or wrong filters for your furnace could be increasing the indoor air pollution in your home. Be sure to update your filters every three months to ensure that they are able to trap contamination that passes through your furnace system. The best furnace filters to use for great air quality are those with a tight weave and a MERV 8 rating.
Humidity is also a factor if your older furnace is unable to maintain stable humidity levels within your home. This can cause a buildup of allergens in the air which leads to symptoms that include coughing, wheezing and congestion. If you notice you or someone in your family has dry skin, sore throats or droopy plants and dried out furniture, be quick to install a humidifier in your home.
Carbon monoxide can be generated from a leaking furnace as well. That is why furnace maintenance is a must as well as a carbon monoxide detector. And if necessary, furnace repair and a new heating system installation can also help keep your family safe from the deadly effects of carbon monoxide.
Lastly, dirty air ducts can also intensify the indoor air pollution in your home, so make sure to regularly clean your air duct to remove potential mold and bacteria in your home’s air.
Furnace Maintenance and Clearing the Air
Of course, maintain your furnace with annual checks for clean coils and filters. Also, check for malfunctions and make sure to clean air ducts. Dirt, dust and debris that gets caught in your air ducts can cause mold and allergen buildup. Keeping them clean can help eliminate a lot of the indoor air pollution affecting your home.
Dust regularly, because dust contains small particles that can cause cold and allergy symptoms. Open doors and windows to let fresh air into your rooms while also letting bad air escape.
You can even plant an indoor herb garden if need be, which is effective in eliminating harmful air contaminants. Basil, thyme and mint are great plants to use to help get rid of bad air in your home.
How RA Nichols Can Help You
RA Nichols is available all season so that your home is properly taken care of during the colder months. We care about our customers. At RA Nichols, we can help in multiple ways, including installations, repairs, maintenance and more. Customers are our top priority and we deliver valuable service with experienced and well-trained contractors. You will be able to trust RA Nichols to handle your heating system while saving more on your heating bill and reducing the risk of heating fires.
We take the time to listen and answer any of your questions or concerns regarding heating services because to us, ensuring that your home receives great service is what we are all about. Call us at (609) 655-1073.