How Cleaning Your Ducts Can Improve Indoor Air Quality

May 1, 2024

Improving Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is crucial for maintaining a healthy home environment. One often overlooked aspect of IAQ is the cleanliness of your ductwork. Over time, ducts can accumulate dust, pollen, mold spores, and other contaminants, which can circulate through your home every time your HVAC system runs. Here’s how cleaning your ducts can significantly improve IAQ: 1. Removes Dust and Allergens Ducts can harbor a significant amount of dust and allergens, especially if they haven’t been cleaned in a while. When your HVAC system blows air through dirty ducts, these particles are dispersed into your home, leading to...

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4 Common Indoor Air Pollutants and Their Sources

July 21, 2023

Indoor air pollutants are substances that can reduce the air quality in houses and other indoor spaces. These pollutants can come from various sources inside and outside the home. Here are four major indoor air pollutants and their sources. 1. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) VOCs are organic compounds from burning natural gas, wood, and gasoline. These compounds can be found in things like paint and other household products. They can also be released into the air through cooking or smoking. VOCs are some of the most common indoor pollutants and can cause health problems like headaches and nausea. 2. Carbon...

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Is Indoor Air Quality Worse in the Winter?

January 20, 2023

6 Reasons Indoor Air Quality Is Worse in the Winter When you are in your home more during the colder months of the year, you may notice that the air seems a little heavier. This is a sign that your home has poor indoor air quality. Your allergies may also worsen due to added dust, dander, and toxins in your environment. Here are six reasons why your indoor air quality might take a dive during the winter months. 1. Air Pollution In the winter, chilly air pushes outdoor air pollution closer to the ground. Because of this phenomenon, more pollution...

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Are Air Purifiers Better Than a Dehumidifier?

February 15, 2022

If you suffer from allergies, asthma, or other types of respiratory illness, you have more than likely heard that an air purifier or a dehumidifier can help. The problem is which one is best? This can seem confusing, but the answer lies within the conditions found inside of your home as well as your own individual health issues. Learning a little more about each device can help you choose the right one for your needs. The Air Purifier An air purifier removes airborne contaminants from your home. This includes dust, bacteria, allergens, pet dander, smoke, and mold spores. This device...

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Improve Your Indoor Air Quality This Winter

November 18, 2021

With doors and windows tightly shut, the indoor air quality in your home gets worse in the winter. There’s low air flow and poor air circulation. Thankfully, there are several things you can do to improve your home’s indoor air quality. Change the Furnace Filter You should change your furnace filter in the winter. Inspect it every month, and swap it out when it’s dirty. Since all the air in your home circulates through the furnace filter, it collects dust, pollen, pet hairs, and other air pollutants. Look for a filter with a MERV rating of 12. Dump Conventional Cleaners...

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Signs Of Poor Indoor Air Quality

February 8, 2021

Poor indoor air quality is not limited to offices, it can also happen in homes. Indoor air is often five times more polluted than outside air. Dust, pet dander, pollen, and cleaners usually contribute to poor indoor air quality. Poor ventilation can also contribute to poor indoor air quality, especially in new homes in Dexter, MO. Here are some signs to look for to see if you have poor indoor air quality. Excess Humidity The humidity level inside a house should be between 30% and 50%. A spike in indoor moisture levels can cause an issue with indoor air quality....

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Wave Goodbye to Seasonal Allergies by Improving Indoor Air Quality

November 12, 2020

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, over 50 million Americans deal with allergies. Although allergies may seem unavoidable, especially during spring, there are several tactics for battling symptoms like sneezing, blocked nose, watery eyes, hives, runny nose, and wheezing. Most people are surprised to learn that controlling indoor air quality is one of the most powerful methods of fighting allergies. Keep Plants Outside One of the earliest science lessons students learn is about photosynthesis. If you need a refresher, photosynthesis is how plants convert carbon dioxide to oxygen. Without plants, life on Earth would be hard-pressed for...

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Is It Smart to Install a Home Air Filtration System?

September 23, 2020

Updated July 20, 2023 For most people in Dexter, the air in their homes is “good enough” as far as they’re concerned. It’s not visibly dirty, and it doesn’t smell terrible, so it must be safe to breathe. Unfortunately, the truth is that indoor air is often more polluted than outdoor air. Bad indoor air quality can lead to countless health problems for you and your family. One way to help combat indoor pollutants is to install an air filtration system in your home. Here are a few reasons why we at think that this investment is totally worth it....

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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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