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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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Summer Energy Saving Tips

Although it’s tempting to crank up the AC when summer’s at its peak discomfort level, you may regret it when your energy bills arrive. The thing is, you CAN stay comfortable in your home this summer without overspending! Don’t let the Metro East IL heat drain your energy or your bank account! Read on to…

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Balanced Humidity: a Year-Round Concern In Your Southwest Illinois Home

In southwest Illinois, it can be challenging to maintain balanced humidity in the home throughout four very different seasons. Our winters are long and cold, with dry indoor air a common problem, while we experience the muggy and hot summers typical of the Midwest. This can be a real challenge for any home humidification system. Why Humidity Matters…

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Heatproof Your Home to Keep the Cool In

If you run your AC only to find that you can’t keep the cool air inside your home, and that as soon as you turn the AC off your house heats right back up again, there may be more you can do to heatproof your home. Tips to Keep the Cool Air In It can…

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The Benefits of Whole-House Humidification: Is It Ideal For You?

Experts say that the relative humidity of the air in your home should be no lower than 30 percent or higher than 50 percent. If the humidity drops under that bottom level, you will likely experience discomfort and may experience a variety of respiratory problems.  Wooden household items — such as furniture or musical instruments —…

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5 Boiler Troubleshooting Tips To Help Keep Your Cool

When your boiler isn’t working properly, it may make you a little hot-tempered. But before you blow your stack, first address these common problems by doing a little boiler troubleshooting. The answer may be easier than you think. Thermostat. The tiny control on your wall may cause your big boiler not to perform up to…

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Why Go WiFi? 5 Things These Thermostats Can Do For You

One of the best opportunities to save money and improve the comfort of your home is with a WiFi thermostat. Here are five reasons that might convince you to switch. 1. Remote access to thermostat: Imagine being able to access your thermostat and change its settings when you’re not home. A WiFi thermostat allows you…

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Landscaping Helps Improve Your HVAC System’s Efficiency

While the connection between landscaping and the efficiency of your home’s heating and cooling system may not be obvious, enough studies on the subject have been conducted to confirm a relationship between the two. In the blazing heat and humidity of a southwest Illinois summer, it just makes good sense to make things a little…

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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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