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Can Your HVAC System Make You Sick? (Air Quality)

The air from your HVAC system shouldn’t be any more likely to make you sick than outdoor air! So what can you do to improve indoor air quality?

HVAC Maintenance & Spring Allergies

For some of us, it’s already started: the sneezing, itchy nose and throat, watery eyes, and general miserableness that signal the onset of allergy season. When we think about seasonal allergies, we usually picture grass and pollen. But in fact, most seasonal allergens are found inside the home. Dust mites, mold, pet dander, and more …

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Spring Cleaning Tips for Improved Indoor Air Quality

It’s officially spring, and to get in the spirit of a warmer season, many of you will be performing the sacred rites of “spring cleaning”. What exactly does spring cleaning entail for you? It likely involves de-cluttering, boxing up old sweaters and dusting off the patio furniture. But does your spring cleaning routine address the …

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Indoor Air Quality: For Comfort and Health

Does the air in your home feel damp? Have you found spots of mold on your ceilings or around windows? Or does your family suffer from dry skin year-round? These could be signs that the inside of your home has too much or too little moisture. Luckily, there are ways to remedy these problems and …

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Three Types of Indoor Air Pollution That Are Bad News: How to Put a Lid on Them

Indoor air pollution can be a major problem. The first step in improving the indoor air quality in your southwest Illinois home is to understand the three main types of indoor air pollution, and the second step is knowing how to stop them. The three main causes of air pollution in your home can be …

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Use Houseplants to Refresh the Air in Your Home

Using houseplants to battle in-home air pollution is an excellent way to protect your family’s health, since the average North American spends more than 80 percent of the day indoors. True, we can invest in air purification and filtration systems, but why not also consider houseplants, which we know clean the air of carbon dioxide …

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Put a Stop to Inefficient Air Leaks in Your Home

One of the biggest causes of high energy bills are air leaks in the home’s exterior envelope. Keeping a tight barrier between the air in your home and the air outside should be a priority for homeowners year-round. Finding Energy Wasting Air Leaks You have the option of finding the air leaks yourself or hiring …

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Testing for 3 Common Household Pollutants: Here’s How It’s Done

It is important to test your home periodically for hazardous household pollutants. High levels of air contaminants resulting from biological pollutants and harmful gases increase health risks. Dangerous gases, such as radon and carbon monoxide, in addition to mold spores and mildew, pollute the air and can remain undetected without specific testing procedures.  Biological Household …

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What Are You Looking for in a Ventilation System? Some Suggestions to Guide You

The purpose of a whole-house ventilation system is to circulate outside air into the home so there’s good air quality. Four qualities that you should look for in a ventilation system include: 1) that it’s not intrusive on your lifestyle; 2) has simple controls; 3) creates good air distribution in your house; and 4) filters …

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When Shopping for Air Cleaners, Understand These Labels

Looking to breathe a little more easily? Air quality can make a big difference in the health and comfort of everyone in the house. Air cleaners advertise a host of often confusing options and ratings. Understanding these labels is the key to buying a system that fits your needs without paying for features you may …

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