Cleaning your home’s air ducts every few years reduces dust and allergens

Air ducts require occasional cleaning to keep your home healthy It’s not terribly pleasant to think about where dust comes from — an accumulation of dirt, dead skin cells, dandruff, pet dander, mites, smoke particles and other pollutants. This detritus circulates through the air in your home, where you and your family unavoidably breathe it in on a daily basis. And because dust is heavier than air, it settles into vents and ducts just like it does onto flat surfaces. Think about how often you dust your furniture, and how much dust would build up if you neglected this chore
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Radon in your home could be causing serious damage

Silent killer: Check your home’s radon levels There could be a dangerous killer lurking in your home, and you wouldn’t even know it. According to estimates from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, radon causes as many as 21,000 lung cancer deaths annually, second only to smoking. So what exactly is radon, and why is it such a threat to your home and your health? Caused by the breakdown of uranium in soil, radon is a colorless, odorless gas that can seep into homes and buildings through gaps in the foundation. When radon leaks into a basement, it can pool there
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The truly easy secret to super human air in your home

Imagine what would happen if you tried to brew your morning coffee without using a filter. The end result would be full of coffee grounds, and the whole process would clog up your machine.  A furnace filter functions in much the same way as a coffee filter. These humble household heroes are important for two main reasons — they strain out debris from the air in your home, and they support your furnace by protecting its inner workings.  How clean is your air? It’s not pleasant to think about, but household air is full of dust, bacteria, smoke, pet dander
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No more dry skin and ruined wood furnishings with an ideal humidity level

Maintaining proper humidity levels in your home offers a number of benefits including improved energy efficiency and indoor air quality, longer life for your hardwood flooring and furniture, and even added protection against airborne cold and flu viruses. The ideal humidity level usually ranges somewhere between 30% and 50%. It’s easy to find out exactly where yours clocks in by using a basic hygrometer device, available at hardware stores and big-box retailers. Why do you need a humidifier? Like the human body, your living space requires a certain amount of water to thrive and function at its best. If the
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Issues With Not Keeping Your Air Ducts Clean

Did you know that dirty air ducts can trap dangerous substances and spread them throughout your home? A recent study found indoor air pollution, which comes from all the bacteria, chemicals and fungi that exist in your home, can be more of a danger to human health than pollution outdoors. If these substances get caught in your air ducts, they could be blown into every room. The dirtier your ducts are, the more likely harmful particles are to get stuck inside. If you don’t clean air ducts regularly, there could be serious consequences for your health. Let’s take a look
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Is Your Home’s Air Making You Sick?

This may seem like a scary subject and it really is. All over America our families are spending more and more time indoors. Our heating and cooling systems are running more with a premium placed on our comfort, but yet an undiscovered health concern is hiding in plain sight. THE AIR YOU BREATHE Did you know: EPA the states that our indoor air is up to 5 times worse than the air you breathe outside of your home. Now that we know there is a problem, how can you get on the path to better indoor air quality? The first
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Hows Pets Affect Indoor Air Quality

SACRIFICE IS NOTHING NEW FOR PET-OWNERS, WHO HAPPILY DEDICATE THEIR TIME AND MONEY TO KEEP THEIR FUR-BABIES WELL-FED, GROOMED AND EXERCISED. BUT DID YOU KNOW YOUR PETS COULD BE AFFECTING YOUR HEALTH? “Pet dander” is a term used to describe tiny pieces of skin and protein shed by animals with feathers or fur – including cats, dogs, rodents and birds. This dander is microscopic and one of the most common allergens on the planet; it can even be found in homes without pets, affecting the indoor air quality. People inhale the dander, it settles in the respiratory tract, and can
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