Humidity: Too Low, Too High, and Just Right

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Humidity is the amount of moisture in the air.

But getting it right is about more than comfort. From static build-up to potential mold growth, humidity levels affect air quality, your expensive home theater system, your health, and even opening and closing doors. Continue below to see how humidity can affect you, and what you can do about it.

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Take a Deep Breath and Follow These Tips for Better Indoor Air Quality

The indoor air quality in your home has a major effect on the health of your family. Indoor air pollutants that come from sources that distribute debris, particles or gases into your home are one of the main causes of poor indoor air quality. Additionally, insufficient or inadequate ventilation can also increase the levels of pollutants in your home.  A buildup of pet dander, dust, germs, etc. can also lower indoor air quality.

Tips for Better Indoor Air Quality:

1. Steam Clean Your Carpets Regularly. 

Carpets and rugs collect dust, pet hair, dirt and other tiny particles. These contaminants can get kicked upped in the air when people and pets move throughout your home. Vacuuming alone is often not enough to remove all these pollutants; and actually, vacuuming can stir these particles up and release them back into the air you breathe. Steam cleaning your carpets is a more effective cleaning method.

2. Groom Your Fur Babies 

We love our pets, but the hair and dander they leave around our homes is another story. Bathing, brushing and grooming will help cut down on the amount of pet hair in your home. Regular vacuuming will also help you manage pet hair and dander. 

3. Use Your Exhaust Fan

Steamy showers and long relaxing baths increase the moisture levels in your bathroom. Moisture can be a breeding ground for bacteria and other pollutants that will eventually find their way into your air. Flipping on your exhaust fan when bathing is a great way to reduce the moisture in your bathroom. Remember that exhaust fans need to vent outdoors, if the exhaust fan in your home vents into your attic or another enclosed area, it is important to have your vents rerouted. 

4. Replace Your Furnace Filters Regularly 

There is a lot counting on your furnace filter, making it extremely important that you clean and/or replace your filters as needed or recommended. Keeping a clean filter helps to keep pollutants down in your home.

5. Wash Away Dust Mites 

Dust mites accumulate in bedding, drapes, fabric shower curtains, etc., making it important to regularly launder these items.

6. Have Your Ductwork Professionally Cleaned

Ductwork can be a haven for dust, allergens, bugs, dust mites, dirt, rodents, etc., these pollutants will launch into the air your family breathes when you turn on your heating or cooling systems. Clean up the air in your home by having one of our Technical Experts professionally clean and sanitize your ductwork. Call (618)307-4911 to schedule a free air duct cleaning assessment. 

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Take Care of Your Home and Family by Taking Care of Your Furnace Filter

You probably do not give your furnace filter much thought but it plays an important role in keeping your family healthy and your HVAC system running efficiently. What makes your furnace filter so important? Take a deep breath. How is the air quality in your home? The condition of your furnace filter helps improve you and your family’s quality of living.

What does a furnace filter do?

There are different types of furnace filters ranging from basic to high efficiency models. The type of furnace filter used in your home will depend on the type of HVAC system in your home. However, the functions of any furnace filter are basically the same. Furnace filters are designed to work with your heating and cooling system to improve your indoor air quality. furnace filter

Additionally, furnace filters also work to help protect and extend the life of your furnace. Debris and dust are drawn into your furnace through your return ducts and without a filter the debris will collect on the heat exchanger, fan, coil, etc. causing your unit to work longer and harder, leading to early system failure.

Why should you clean/replace your furnace filters regularly? 

A dirty furnace filter means air has trouble flowing through your system. Greatly hindering the amount of heating and cooling your system can do. If your system cannot heat and cool properly your evaporator coil can freeze up if the across air flow is low, which can cause your AC unit to stop working altogether.

A worn out or dirty furnacdollar-926397_640e filter will also affect the efficiency levels of your HVAC system. Your fan has to work so much harder to pull air through the dirty coil. Your HVAC system will consume more energy having to run longer and harder, costing you more money on your power bill. However, a clean furnace filter will allow air to flow freely through your HVAC system, saving energy and money, while still blocking pollutants and allergens.

Your furnace filter and your indoor air quality are intertwined. Once your filter becomes clogged with dust, air flow will be restricted, causing dust to settle throughout your ductwork. This dust will then be blown into the air you and your family breathe. Dust mites, bacteria and other allergens will be able to grow in your ductwork and be released into the air.

How can you ensure that your furnace filter is clean and functioning properly?

Your filter is located in your furnace and most are disposable. If you have a disposable filter, remember to change it every 1 to 3 months (although some filters may last up t142715_image2 copyo six months) depending on the type of filter you have and the cleanliness of your system. There are a few other factors that will determine how frequently you will need to change your filter. For example, if you have pets, smoke or anyone in your home suffers from allergies; your filter should be changed more often. Additionally, fiberglass filters need to be changed sooner than pleated filters.

These disposable furnace filters are typically only capable of removing 3-5% of the debris and dust particles that pass through them. There are other options when it comes to furnace filters, some of these are permanent and more efficient. To learn more about these higher efficiency filters or to have any of your heating or cooling concerns addressed, call us at (866)844-3770.

 

 

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Labor Day Already? Are You Ready for the Changing Seasons?

Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer here in the Midwest. The weather will slowly start to transition from hot, humid summer temperatures to cool, crisp autumn air. As we begin to move from one season to another, here are a few things to keep in mind to ensure that you are ready for what is to come.

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Life After Labor Day:

One important thing to keep in mind is that summer is ending, it is not over. You will want to hold off on packing up those summer clothes and you will likely want to keep using your AC for the next several weeks. The good news is that as the days start to become a little cooler, your AC will need to run less often to keep you and your family comfortable. Saving energy and money!ceiling-fan-558988_960_720 (1)

A ceiling fan will also go a long way in keeping your home comfortable over the next couple of months. Ceiling fans will help distribute the cooler air throughout your home, causing your AC to run less often.

Seasonal Allergies:

With the changing weather comes fall allergies, making this time of year rough for those of us who have to battle seasonal allergens. Ragweed, pollen, dust mites, all on top of all the other allergen triggers can turn the beautiful months of fall into a sneezing nightmare. While you may not be able to do much about the air outside, you can clean and purify the air you breathe inside your home.

Start by changing the air filter inside your furnace. Changing your air filter as recommended will not only greatly improve your indoor air quality, but it will also help your heating and cooling system run more efficiently.

The next step is to have a member of our team come out and thoroughly clean and sanitize your ductwork. Having your ducts cleaned is a great way to get the allergens and bacteria out of the air you and your family breathes. Call (866)844-3770 to schedule your duct cleaning today!

Have a Safe and Happy Labor Day!

 

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Sick of High Energy Bills? Get Your Ducts in a Row!

Air ducts play a major role in keeping your home safe and comfortable, but they are easy to forget about. However, if you are noticing that your energy costs are higher than they should be, you may have your ductwork to blame. Improperly insulated or sealed ducts can lead to some extremely expensive consequences.

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Leaky ductwork can increase the amount of money you spend on your energy bill by hundreds of dollars every year. By having your duct system properly insulated and sealed by a professional you will be able to see real savings on your heating and cooling bill each month.

This is especially true for areas of your home that are not meant to be air conditioned or heated, such as attics, unfinished basements, vented crawlspaces, etc. When your supply ducts are leaking, the air that you are paying to heat and cool will seep through the unsealed joints, taking your hard earned money with it. Plus, these leaky spots in your ductwork will often draw in unheated and air conditioned air back into your system, causing your air conditioner and furnace to work harder, to keep up.

Insulating and sealing your ducts is a job best left to the professionals. Our team knows where to find the weaknesses in your ductwork and what materials and steps are needed to correct them. Call us at (866)844-3770 to have your ducts inspected today!

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