Indoor Air Quality

Tips to Maintain Proper Ventilation in your Home

If your air conditioner is running, you should still consider turning on the ceiling fan. A ceiling fan improves the airflow within the home even when the windows aren’t open. If you can open even one window, be sure to place the fan near it, as this allows the fan to blow the virus particles out of your home.
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Ideal Humidifier Capacity

A whole-house humidifier or central humidifier is attached directly to the water source so it can constantly supply moisture. This type of humidifier is also part of the home’s heating and cooling unit or HVAC. Here are a few factors to consider when purchasing a central humidifier
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Humidity

Is your air conditioner making noises at night? Getting a good night’s rest is impossible if you hear loud popping, cracking, and banging from your HVAC -- it’s even worse if you’re trying to sleep after watching a horror movie! Whether loud ductwork puts you on edge or not, nobody wants to hear noises in their home.
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The Role of Indoor Humidity in Maintaining Indoor Comfort

When people hear the word “humidity”, they imagine hot summer days when they’re fanning themselves in their front yard, and trying to get the sweat off of their foreheads. What they aren’t aware of, however, is that humidity doesn’t refer only to the outdoors. Chances are that they feel uncomfortable in their homes not because of their air conditioner or heater, but because of the indoor humidity.
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Types of Indoor Air Quality Products and Uses

Having great air quality is important, especially if it’s in your own home. It’s important to have clean air that’s free of contaminants, as anyone could have asthma, allergies, or other health issues. To maintain quality clean air, you’ll need the right products and understand what each product does.
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What is a Blower Door Test and Why Do You Need One?

Before buying a home, you should consider calling a professional energy auditor to conduct a blower door test. It is an excellent way to determine how energy-efficient a building is (or isn’t). Since you likely want to conserve as much energy as possible, conducting a blower door test can help you cash in on your savings.
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Humidity

Controlling the indoor humidity levels of your home is essential to obtaining optimum comfort. If you feel like your home is too humid, we’ll discuss what humidity is, as well as its effects on your health and your home.
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Where is My Air Filter Located?

You’re probably familiar with your home, but chances are, just like many homeowners, you don’t know where your air filter is located.
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WHAT IS UV LIGHT?

With hand sanitizer flying off the shelves almost immediately, people have turned to nature’s way of fighting the coronavirus: ultraviolet light.

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What are the Benefits of UV Light?

Many industries are choosing to use ultraviolet light to kill potentially harmful bacteria. Using UV light to sanitize surfaces and objects is safer and more efficient than using chemicals. For example, hospital workers are constantly at risk of exposing themselves to harmful toxins and suffering from burns whenever they use chemicals. Hand-washing helps, but having workers wash their hands every time is just impractical.
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Is UV Light Safe?

The UV light that is used in industries is called UV-C, which refers to ultraviolet light in wavelengths of 200-280 nanometers. While it can destroy the function of bacteria, UV-C is used carefully. Ultraviolet disinfection is often done in unoccupied rooms, or placed overhead, as a high dose of UV can damage the skin and the eyes.
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Can UV Light Kill COVID-19?

UV light has been known to eliminate other coronaviruses, such as the MERS-CoV and SARS. From available scientific research so far, it’s possible that UV light can also eliminate the novel coronavirus.
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Fight COVID-19 With HVAC Disinfection

Everyone wants to keep themselves and their families healthy during the coronavirus pandemic. People have been hoarding hand sanitizer, wearing face masks, and washing their hands. However, not everyone realizes that one of the greatest threats is right at home: their HVAC system.
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What do Most People Get Wrong About HVAC Sanitization?

Most people think that HVAC sanitization just means changing the filters. While cleaning the filters is part of HVAC disinfection, you should also think about the air ducts, fan coil units, and air handling units. Behind your HVAC is a huge system that can breed bacteria.
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How often should you disinfect your HVAC?

It depends on your component, but ideally, you should have your HVAC cleaned annually. And, filters should be cleaned or replaced once a week.
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Tips for Balancing Humidity in Your Home

These devices can be mounted on an HVAC system and work together with it to balance humidity in your home. Humidifiers are great for winter months, while dehumidifiers work best during the summer months. They automatically adjust the moisture levels in your indoor air, providing your home with balanced humidity levels all year round.
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How Does Humidity Affect Your Health?

Did you even think about the humidity level in your home? Humidity levels in your home have a tremendous impact on your family’s health and well-being. Hence, we’ll have a quick discussion about how humidity affects your health and home, the right humidity levels your home needs, plus tips on how to balance humidity in your home.
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Your Home and Humidity

Health isn’t just the one affected by imbalanced home humidity levels. Your home may also suffer from defects and structural damages.
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The Right Humidity Levels in Your Home

The best levels of home humidity range from 30-50%. During winter, your home is most comfortable when humidity levels are at 30-40%. But during summer, you may allow 40-50% humidity in your home.
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What is the Proper Indoor Humidity Level?

We all have our own preferences when it comes to indoor humidity levels. However, humidity levels that are too high can result in damage to the home and health problems.
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Ducts Leaking? Why is it so Important to Seal Them?

Everyone knows that the cost of heating and cooling your home can hit your wallet really hard. You could be using oil, gas or electricity; but it doesn’t make that much difference if your heating or air conditioning literally seeps away. It’s still wasteful. In fact, experts estimate that 10-30% of warm air and/or cool air can be lost through leaky ductwork. Also, a leaky duct return increases the work of the unit trying to pull air to the machine.
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The Benefits of Ductwork Cleaning

Ductwork is a hidden part of your home that is easy to ignore. Often, unless you installed your own ductwork, you inherited a home that already had its ductwork installed, and you just benefited from the great heating and cooling system. Unless you have experience with these HVAC systems already, there is probably pretty little chance you will know how to keep it well maintained. Most of us will just merrily benefit from the system, feeling happy and comfortable in our homes. That is until there is a problem because the whole system hasn’t been well maintained.
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Do I need a humidifier?

A humidifier is one of those appliances that some people have, but isn’t a household staple. Unlike a fridge or a washing machine, you won’t find one in every home, which makes it hard to understand when you may need one. A humidifier is a simple device. It acts to keep the atmosphere in a room moist. So, if the room has a lot of dry air, then it will add moisture to the air and counteract any problems there may be from dry air. So, you need a humidifier if you have dry air in your home. But how do you even know you have dry air?
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The benefits of a UV light for HVAC

Your HVAC system is the unit that keeps your home cool when needed and warm when it is too cold. There are a variety of HVAC systems available. You can buy units that are ducted or not ducted, as well as furnaces or heat pumps. They all have different benefits and weaknesses, but you should always focus on what is right for your home. Think about what the weather is like for most of the year, how many rooms you want to heat or cool, who is living in your home, and how big is the whole house. Answering some of these questions will help you make the right decision.
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Media Air Filters vs 1" Filters

>A filter is there for a very good reason. They stop things like dirt, pollen, unwanted debris and other allergens or particles in the air from entering your HVAC system. We want to stop them getting in because, ultimately, they can damage the system and this can lead to costly repairs. Making sure the filter is right and changing it regularly will help your unit last longer. More often than not people overlook how important the air filter is to your whole system. As a relatively cheap element, it is really central to the whole unit. As well as filtering out bits of unwanted dirt, they also act as a physical defense when large objects may fall or become loose.
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What's a UV light's purpose?

Before we talk about UV lights in detail, we need to start with understanding more about UV itself. What is it? How is it made? Is it good or bad? Let’s start by answering some of these questions.
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Is it time to upgrade my filter?

Whether you have any kind of heating, air-conditioning or ventilation unit in your home, then you will have an air filter included in these devices. The air filter is an essential piece of equipment that filters various particles out of the air that passes through it. It protects the engine inside, but also captures the horrible, polluted and unwanted particles from the air that is circulating around your home. They are essential, because they stop dirt, debris and various contaminants or bugs that may cause illness from spreading around your home. With your filter being such an important part of your ventilation system, it is very important that you check it regularly to make sure it is working as it should.
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The ins and outs of dehumidifiers

Do you really know what a dehumidifier is? Do you know why you should have one and the benefits they offer? Have you always wondered why your friends and family own them? Or do you have one sat in a box, never used, because you don’t know what it does? If this is you, then you have come to the right place. This article will give you everything you need to know on the basics of dehumidifiers. Keep reading to learn all about the ins and outs of dehumidifiers!
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The Necessity of Getting Dryer Vents Cleaned

The dryer is one of the most-used home appliances that’s always running. In a home especially filled with little children, every day can become laundry day. But how often do you take the time away from doing your laundry to take care of your dryer vents?
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Why Is My House So Dry?

Firstly, don’t panic. You aren’t the first, and definitely won’t be the last person to worry about why your house is so dry. So how can you be sure your problem is dry air in the house? Some of the most common effects include:
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Humidity In Your Home

Humidity in your home can affect a lot of things, including your energy bill. Your heating and cooling can be affected by humidity, thus raising the cost of your energy supply. Maintaining the proper humidity level will also affect the comfort of your home. You can check the humidity levels with a hygrometer. This gadget is like a thermometer, but it measures the levels of humidity in your house.
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Pros and Cons of a Humidifier

Humidifiers are wonderful units during the winter or dry season. You’ll know you need a humidifier of some type when you experience electric shocks to your fingers at home! This means there is not enough moisture in the air. Your furnace may have a humidifier attached to it with device to control the humidity level.
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When Do I Need to Change My Filter?

Furnace filters come in many different types and it is very important to keep a clean and maintained system. How can you tell when you need to change your filter? When you notice that pet hair is prominent, dust bunnies are whirling around, and the general feel of the air isn’t as clean as it was before, it is time to change your furnace filter and purify the air in your home!
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Whole house humidifiers vs. portable humidifiers

There are many options for potential air humidifier owners. Choosing the right humidifier for you and your family depends on a few factors. Humidifiers are built in relation to the space they can cover. For example, some are built for entire homes while others are meant for individual rooms.
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What is a dehumidifier?

Many people in older buildings know the horrific sight and smell of mold. The dampness of the building creates mold giving the rooms a musty smell. This dampness can usually be solved with a dehumidifier. Besides curing your mold problem, the device has other amazing benefits. We will discuss the benefits and how a dehumidifier generally works.
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How Often Should I Change My Filter?

It is very important to know how often you should change the air filter of your HVAC system. While this is a common query of most of the homeowners, the reality is that there is no particular answer to it. There are a number of factors which determine when the filters should be changed.
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Why Does My Ductwork Drip with Water?

It is in the summer months that our HVAC systems are put to the real test. We use the systems 24x7 for cooling the hot exterior air to provide us the necessary comfort and respite. But when the AC system is working non-stop to make our lives comfortable, a common problem for several homeowners is ductwork condensation or water dripping from the ductwork.
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Why your ducts are making popping noises

Ever lost sleep due to loud, popping noises that originate from your ducts when you turn your heating on? Popping and banging noises in the duct work are mainly caused by pressure changes that cause the movement of duct walls. Cold air passing through contracts the metal, while heat makes it expand.
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Humidity Control

When it comes to humidity, it is very important to make sure that it remains consistent at the most optimum levels. Both excess as well as insufficiency of humidity may raise different kinds of health-related issues. Keeping that in view, Aprilaire has brought forward different types of solutions to help you take care of humidity related issues at your place. A few details regarding these solutions are discussed below for your better understanding.
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