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Air Filter Replacement Should Be On Your Winter List of To-Dos

If it’s been a while since you changed your forced-air heating and cooling system’s air filter, it’s time to remedy that situation right away. Air filter replacement is one of the simplest and most inexpensive ways to keep your furnace performing at peak capacity. Here’s a brief overview of air filter replacement and what it means…

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UV Lights In Your HVAC System Combat Bioaerosols In Your Air

Don’t underestimate your options when it comes to destroying bioaerosols lurking in your home’s air. You’re not at their mercy with the power of UV lights installed alongside your HVAC system. Ultraviolet (UV) lights have long been used in hospitals and other “clean” environments to combat bacteria, viruses and mold. Now, residential systems give homeowners…

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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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Our Best And Easiest DIY Tip: Keep Your Air Filters Fresh

Here’s an easy way to extend the longevity of your heating and cooling system, improve your indoor air quality and control your utility bills all at the same time: Replace your air filter regularly. Filters don’t work as designed when they get dirty.  A dirty filter inhibits air flow and prevents air from circulating well. …

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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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Choosing Your MERV Filter: How Do All Those Numbers Add Up?

Indoor air quality is of growing concern in the Highland area and the nation as a whole. Pollen, dust and other indoor and outdoor pollutants put your health and the health of your family at risk. One way to increase indoor air quality in your home is to understand MERV ratings for air filters. What is…

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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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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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