Indoor Air Quality Effects on Health

May 14, 2020

Organizations such as the EPA and WHO now recognize indoor air pollution among the top health risks for the average person. Air pollution is often considered within the context of long-term effects, such as how it can exacerbate and even lead to heart and respiratory diseases. But the effects from poor indoor air quality can happen in the short-term and even be immediate in some cases. Ear, Nose and Throat Irritation When a person experiences an immediate reaction to indoor air pollution, irritation of the ear, nose or throat are among the most common. Such symptoms may be superficial and...

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Indoor Air Quality and Respiratory Health

April 17, 2020

Grass and tree pollen are causing many people in Dexter, MO, to suffer from sniffles, congestion and sneezes. Colds, influenza and COVID-19 infections are also making people sick. Indoor air pollutants also cause respiratory problems, including nasal congestion and irritation, coughing, excessive mucus production and chest tightness. Fortunately, there are actions you can take in order to enjoy better indoor air quality and breathing. Causes of Poor Indoor Air Quality There are many possible causes of poor indoor air quality that could affect your home. A tight building envelope is good for avoiding air leaks, but it also traps pollutants...

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Air purifiers vs Dehumidifiers

March 8, 2020

Both air purifiers and dehumidifiers can be beneficial to your health. One might be better for you than the other, though. Here are some ideas about which system might be better for your particular circumstances. Air Purifiers Air purifiers remove contaminants and particulates from the air through the use of filters. This helps people who have allergies or asthma. Purifiers can remove pet dander, allergens, dust, bacteria, smoke, and mold spores. Dehumidifier A dehumidifier works by removing moisture from the air and thereby lowering your home’s humidity level. This helps people with allergies and also reduces damp conditions. A dehumidifier...

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Indoor Air Quality and Allergies

February 11, 2020

With over 40 years of experience in Dexter and southeast Missouri, the experts at know a few things about the comfort of your home. If the air in your home is not clean, it makes it difficult for your family members to enjoy indoor time. Most homes are filled with irritants and allergens that can have an impact on your health. Common Household Allergens The types of allergens in your home depend on the season and several other factors, including home humidity. When light shines through a window on a sunny day, you will see dust floating in the air....

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Which Smart Thermostat Is Best?

January 4, 2020

Smart home gadgets have multiplied in recent years, and one of the most practical applications of this technology is the smart thermostat. In most cases, you can control your heating and cooling system remotely using a computer or smartphone. The remote access and programmable features can help to reduce your monthly heating bills. A smart thermostat is a wise investment, but you may be wondering which one to select. Choosing the Best Smart Thermostat It’s often best to upgrade to a smart thermostat at the same time you install a new heating and cooling system. That’s because many HVAC systems...

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Will Air Purifiers Help With Asthma?

December 17, 2019

If you have trouble breathing in your own house, it may be a good idea to purchase air purifiers. Let’s take a look at how it can help to improve your asthma symptoms and make your home a more enjoyable place to live. Air Purifiers Will Remove Dust and Other Asthma Triggers Installing an air purifier in your home may help to remove dust, pollen or other particles that could irritate your lungs. If you have a pet, the purifier will work to remove hair and dander. These may cause breathing issues or other allergic reactions. The folks at in...

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What Should I Do If My Furnace Won’t Turn On?

November 8, 2019

Furnaces do more than keep you comfortable during the winter. A properly working furnace keeps you safe. You don’t want to deal with a frigid interior, so don’t delay when the furnace goes out, but don’t panic, either. Follow a few steps to deal with a malfunctioning heater. Don’t Jump to DIY Conclusions When your furnace doesn’t turn on, you’ll likely flip through the owner’s manual or perform an online search to figure out what the problem is. Educating yourself about the furnace’s troubles is fine. Trying to fix things by yourself out of a book, however, is a bad...

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Preparing Your Thermostat for Heating Season

October 15, 2019

When the dark, frigid depths of winter arrive in Dexter, you’ll want to feel confident that your thermostat is up to the task of keeping your home warm. This isn’t as easy as simply switching your thermostat from cooling to heating. Instead, you’ll want to do a few important but simple tasks to make sure your thermostat is prepared for cold weather. Replace Thermostat Batteries Most modern thermostats are battery-powered, so the batteries will need to be freshened up to keep the thermostat running during winter. Batteries last about six months on average, so if you haven’t changed your batteries...

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Planning for Your HVAC Service Visit

September 10, 2019

Getting your HVAC system serviced on a regular basis plays a part in keeping it running in an efficient way. On the day of your service appointment, there are a few things you can do to prepare for your HVAC service visit. Make Sure the Area is Clear Around Your HVAC System Is your heating and cooling system located in a utility room in your home? Maybe it’s located in your basement. No matter where your heating and cooling system is located in your home, it’s a good idea to clear the area around it before your service appointment. Some...

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Is It Time to Upgrade to a New Air Conditioner?

August 5, 2019

has been handling the summer cooling needs of the Dexter area since 1974. We know how much you depend on your air conditioner to make it through the hot Missouri summers. We also know that your air conditioner is a serious investment in your home. You want the unit to last as long as possible, but every air conditioner will need to be replaced eventually. There are a number of signs that you might need a new air conditioner. How Efficient Is It? When you first install an air conditioner, it will run at peak performance. However, after a few...

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