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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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ERVs Give You a Breath of Fresh Air with Minimal Energy Loss

During the winter months, most homeowners are concerned with keeping the cold air out and the warm air inside. Sealing air leaks and having adequate insulation do go a long way toward maintaining a comfortable temperature inside your home. But these things can also prevent you from getting the adequate fresh air needed to maintain a …

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How ERVs Exhaust Warm, Stale Air From Your Home

Energy-efficient homes nowadays are often well-sealed against air leakage. While this is good for energy efficiency, it can be bad for indoor air quality. There are many potential sources of air pollutants in your home. If fresh air is not occasionally circulated in, they can seriously degrade air quality. Of course, simply opening a window and …

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HRV Benefits: Cooler, Better Air in Your Hamel Area Home

If the air in your Hamel area home has been stuffy, warm and uncomfortable despite your HVAC system, you may want to consider the benefits of an HRV, or heat recovery ventilator. The air quality and comfort levels in every home, new or existing, can benefit from HRV technology. How HRVs work: Typical homes with …

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Recovery Ventilation: Technology That Can Improve Indoor Air Quality In Your Metro East Home

Homeowners in the Metro-East area can greatly improve indoor air quality with the installation of one simple tool: recovery ventilation. It’s often necessary to provide mechanical ventilation in a home if it’s built to code and is airtight, or when energy-efficient improvements upgrade the efficiency of older homes. With an airtight, properly insulated structure, however, …

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Does Your Home Ventilation System Require An Upgrade?

Many homeowners experience problems with HVAC inefficiency and excess moisture due to failings in their home ventilation system. To avoid these issues, here are three common attic ventilation myths to avoid: 1. More ventilation is better While a lack of ventilation can cause problems with reduced home energy efficiency during the summer and moisture buildup …

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Proper Ventilation Can Reduce The Likelihood Of Mold From The Crawl Space To The Attic

Mold is the number one enemy of a home, all the way from the crawl space to the attic. Mold wreaks havoc on wood and insulation in these areas. However, mold would never grow in your home if moisture couldn’t get in. The problem is that it’s nearly impossible to keep moisture out, no matter …

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How An ERV Or HRV Ventilation System Can Help You Breathe Easy When Your Home’s Shut Tight

Your home’s indoor air quality, as well as moisture control, relies on its ventilation. If you don’t have a mechanical ventilation system, such as an energy recovery ventilator (ERV) or heat recovery ventilator (HRV), natural ventilation and air infiltration are generally not enough to keep the air in your home clean and moisture-free. The HRV …

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Getting A Grip On Your Heating Costs

Living in the Midwest, you know that finding ways to manage heating costs is a priority every winter. In fact, heating costs often comprise well over half of a homeowner’s total energy budget, so it’s wise to figure out how you can reduce heating costs, without impacting home comfort. There are a variety of ways …

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Ice Dams: The Telltale Sign That Your Attic Needs Attention

Ice dams on your roof in the winter are not just a nuisance. Once ice develops on your roof’s eaves, serious damage can occur to the home. In addition, ice dams can be a sign of significant problems within your attic. Southwest Illinois is particularly vulnerable to ice dams. Due to our position bordering the …

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