Advanced Mechanical Services Blog: Archive for November, 2018

Furnace Filters and Air Quality Filters: There’s a Difference!

Monday, November 26th, 2018

pleated-air-filterProtecting and improving the quality of the air inside your home is an important part of comfort and health. It’s almost as important as caring for the furnace keeping you warm in winter.

But often people assume their homes have a decent defense against unwanted particles circulating through the ventilation system because they have a furnace filter. But this is a misunderstanding about what the furnace filter (or filter for another forced-air system, such as a heat pump) actually does. If your home is suffering from low indoor air quality that’s making your winter unpleasant, you’ll need different types of filters or other IAQ products.

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Does a Furnace Dry Out the Air in a House?

Monday, November 12th, 2018

gas-jetsThe gas furnace is such a common type of home heating system that there are few objections to having one installed. Yes, people sometimes have concerns about using natural gas in a house, but if a furnace receives annual professional maintenance and proper care, it rarely poses any safety hazards.

But there is one negative often raised about the gas furnace, which is that it dries out the air in a house. Because dry air makes the inside of a house feel colder than it is and can also lead to health problems, this isn’t a situation anyone wants. But is there any truth to this?

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