Benefits of Keeping Your Air Ducts Clean

June 10, 2019

If you care about breathing clean, healthy air, then it’s important to keep your ducts clean. Dirt and pollutants gather in your ducts and eventually find their way into your home when the heating or cooling system runs. Keeping your air ducts clean will not only improve indoor air quality but also limit dust buildup in your house and increase the efficiency of your heating and cooling system. Increase Efficiency of the Heating and Cooling System You may know that you need to change the air filter and have the internal components cleaned to keep your heating and cooling system operating efficiently. What you may not know is the ducts need to be kept clean to maintain efficiency too. If you haven’t had your ducts cleaned in three to five years, then they’re due for a cleaning. Limit Dust Buildup in the Home Have you ever wondered where the dust in your home comes from? One place that dust comes from is the heating and cooling system. When there are dust and dirt in the ducts, it blows into your house when the system runs. The dust gets into your bedding, floors, furniture, and other items. Improve Indoor Air Quality...

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Does My Home Need a Humidifier in the Winter?

January 25, 2019

According to the EPA, indoor humidity levels should be between 30 and 50 percent for maximum comfort and to prevent conditions that can lead to mold and mildew formation. Keeping humidity within these levels in your home throughout the winter can help you avoid some of the common complaints associated with dry air, such as: Dry skin Dry, itchy eyes Static electricity in clothes, hair, carpets and upholstery Respiratory ailments Finding the Right Humidity Balance As with many things in life, getting the humidity inside your home just right for everyone who lives there is all about balance. Too much humidity and you may have some uninvited guests (in the forms of mold and mildew). Too little and you might feel like you’ve developed a shocking new superpower when it comes to generating static electricity. Purchasing a hygrometer allows you to continuously monitor the state of humidity inside your home, which lets you determine if you need to add a little moisture into the mix. Why Is the Air So Dry in Winter? Illinois winters are not widely known for having high relative humidity. Even on the most humid days, the air inside homes heated with gas heaters (which is...

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