Indoor air often contains higher concentrations of hazardous pollutants than outdoor air. In general your home has none of the protections that nature has to clean pollutants out of the air. So other then waiting for late spring and early fall to vent the air in your home, what can you do?
The first thing you need to do is take a look at the sources of pollutants in your home. Some include every day chemicals such as cleaning products and pesticides. However their other sources such as cooking, bathing materials, and any issues associated with heating or air conditioning your home. Continue reading
This winter, many of us will become ill with flu or cold-like symptoms, and though we may blame the season, the source of the problem may actually be the quality of your indoor air. The cold weather forces us to spend much more time indoors than we normally would if the weather were warm, and in doing so, many of us are exposing ourselves to some very contaminated air.
Now is the time to take back your indoor air quality and do something about the contaminants you and your family are breathing in every day. This info-graphic highlights some of the most startling facts about indoor air quality, and will be sure to motivate you and your family to make some changes now!
Via: FH Furr
We have officially entered the fall season. The weather is changing as well as the color on the trees and it’s my favorite time of year. However it is also a time of year were many people while enjoying the fall colors forget about preparing for the winter just ahead.
Have you done the pre-winter maintenance? Checked your humidifier for proper operation? Replaced the bulbs in your UV light? Changed your filter and had the furnace and hot water tank combustion compartments cleaned? What about covering your air conditioner with a proper fitting cover has that been taken care of too? Continue reading
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Finally, the nights are cooling down enough to allow us to open the windows and with the chill of fall comes fresh air into the home! But, before you know it the temperatures will be too cold to leave the windows open, so before you lock up the windows for the rest of the year, ask yourself, “How is the air quality in my home?” Dirt, dust, dander, and millions of other particles build up in our HVAC duct system all year long, and as long as the debris is stuck in the ducts, it will continue to circulate into the air you and your family breathes!
Dirty Duct Work
Dirty ducts could be the source of continued allergy and respiratory irritations and unexplained illnesses. Luckily, there is something you can do to get this mess out of your ducts, and the results could last up to the three years or more! Continue reading
The severe flooding that hit the coast of Louisiana caused millions of dollars worth of damage and put the lives of residents in danger. You may not live in Louisiana and you may never have that much water inside your home, but flood waters at any height do pose a safety risk. If a severe rainstorm causes flooding in your home, you need to know how to properly protect your family from harm. These are four tips that every homeowner should keep in mind when the flood waters begin to rise:
- Gas Leaks: Any appliance that uses gas for fuel and comes in contact with a flood can pose a risk to safety in the home. Once the water is gone, these units need to be cleaned and inspected before they are operated. If you ever smell gas in the home, quickly evacuate and call your local fire department. They can repair the leak safely and prevent a fire or explosion! Continue reading
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We are quickly moving to the end of summer, and as we do, people who suffer with allergies are getting ready. Millions of dollars are spent each year to help those who have these respiratory issues but most over look one of the simplest ways to help. Install a powerful filtering system and all the things that float in the air causing your allergy symptoms can be reduced. Don’t be fooled by the $15, 1” filters you find at home centers, but instead choose a media filter. This type of filter is permanently added to the duct work of your system and you only have to change the filter material once or twice a year.
Air Quality Improvement
The difference in air quality that one of these filters can provide is incredible. Dirt, pollen, mold spores, dander and all other solid particles floating in the air can be either reduced or completely removed from the air in your home. The health benefits are considerable and the allergy relief is quite noticeable, simply give your favorite HVAC company a call to find out how you and your family can receive allergy relief this fall.
As we all know, we are now in full blown air conditioning season, and if you are anything like me your air conditioner has been running off and on for about two months. We put a lot of time and effort into making sure the system is ready for the season, and these steps we take are crucial to ensuring out comfort all summer long. However, if your winter equipment was never properly shut down and put away for the season, you could find yourself facing some problems this summer.
Stop Feeding Water to the Humidifier
The first system you need to check is the humidifier. Now is the time to turn the water off to your humidifier. Every year we get calls from hundreds of homeowners asking about leaking water near the furnace. The water is causing serious damage to the surrounding equipment, and the source of the water is the humidifier. Protect your equipment and get some peace of mind by simply turning the water valve feeding your humidifier to the “off” position. If there is no water you can’t have a leak. Continue reading
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Record breaking temperatures are nothing new for Chicagoland, yet thousands of homeowners find themselves with a broken air conditioner on the first hot day of the summer season. They put off having the unit cleaned and inspected during the spring, and now they need emergency repair services. Odds are these homeowners have the system back in working order by now, but are they still making the air conditioner work much harder than necessary to cool the home? Many of us make common mistakes when it comes to keeping the home cool, but here are a couple tips you can apply in your home to bring down the temperature along with your cooling costs.
Start-Up the Air Conditioner in the Morning:
Some homeowners only run the air conditioner during the warmest part of the day, the afternoon. Once the sun sets and the temperatures drop, they turn off the unit and don’t turn it back on until the home gets uncomfortably warm the next day. They do this to conserve energy, but they could be wasting way more than they are saving. Turn the air conditioner on when the home is already hot and humid makes it very hard for the air conditioner to catch up and get to the set temperature on the thermostat. Continue reading
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Summer is only weeks away and yet many homeowners have not made any preparations for the upcoming season. Before you know it the heat will have arrived, and you don’t want to be one of those homeowners that are scrambling at the last minute to get the air conditioner serviced or in some cases repaired. Now is the time to make a few adjustments to your HVAC system in order to get ready for the season, and here is a simple checklist you can follow to make sure you have everything in order for summer:
- Replace the Filter: The air filter for your air conditioner should be replaced regularly throughout the season. Start the season off right and replace this filter now to maintain indoor air quality and provide adequate airflow for the cooling system.
- Turn Off the Humidifier: The humidifier is designed to add moisture to the air in the home during the winter. The summer air is already humid, so any extra moisture added would be excessive. The air conditioner must remove this moisture from the air in order to achieve home comfort, so the humidifier must be shut down in order to make it easier for the air conditioner to cool the home. Continue reading
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With the arrival of spring, many homeowners are finding that their allergy symptoms have also made an appearance. Instead of suffering all season long, many of these people are deciding to upgrade their indoor air quality products in hopes that they will be able to remove many of their allergy irritants from the air within the home. High powered air cleaners or MERV 16 air filters are a great asset for any home, but are you getting the most out of your indoor air quality improvement products? If you aren’t running the circulating fan around the clock, then you are missing out on cleaner air and possibly better allergy relief.
Around the Clock Circulation
Air cleaners and filters that use the furnace’s circulation fan to clean the air can be helped along when you run the furnace fan around the clock. The only way that these filters can clean the air is when this circulating fan is running because they do not have a fan of their own. Normally the fan will shut down in between cycles, but if you go to the thermostat and turn the fan to the “on” position, it will run in between cycles as well. This will maximize that amount of air that comes in contact with the filter and therefore lead to cleaner, fresher air in the home.
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