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To-Do When You Have a Dead Rodent in Your DuctworkWhen you have clean ductwork, you shouldn't notice any unpleasant odors wafting from the registers when your heating system is running. However, if you smell a foul scent whenever the blower cycles on, the most likely culprit is a dead rodent somewhere in your ductwork. A decomposing animal carcass not only smells awful, it's a breeding ground for unhealthy contaminants, so you'll want to get it removed promptly by:

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HVAC system , duct cleaning , ductwork , home comfort , odor

Set to Cool but Blowing Hot: Air Conditioning IssuesIf your HVAC settings appear to be correct, why in the world is your air conditioner blowing hot air? The most basic function of an A/C is to deliver cool comfort, so if you’re feeling a warm blast from the vents instead, something’s definitely amiss. It may be a simple matter you can resolve yourself or it may require diagnosis by a qualified technician. Here are some scenarios that might be at fault if your HVAC settings are blowing hot air instead of cool.

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HVAC system , air conditioner , air filter , refrigerant , thermostat settings , hvac settings

Sizing Considerations for Buying an Air ConditionerAir conditioner sizing is a critically-important consideration when you're planning to purchase new cooling equipment. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), an A/C's size needs to match the space it's going to cool. An undersized A/C will run for extended periods, use a lot of energy, but won't cool your home's interior sufficiently for comfort. An oversized air conditioner will only run for short cycles, so it won't dehumidify effectively or cool your living space efficiently.

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HVAC system , air conditioner , Tips , HVAC , air conditioner efficiency , air conditioner sizing

What Do Furnace Filter Arrows Mean?Not every furnace filter has an arrow stamped on its side, but when you do see it, it indicates which direction the filter has to face. It always points to the direction of the furnace’s air handler or blower compartment. Even though the filter may look the same on each side, there are differences that affect how it lets air through it and into your HVAC system.

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HVAC , furnace , Furnace Filters , filters , particles

Ways to Keep Your Jack-O'Lantern Fresh LongerIf you ask your kids what’s important to them about Halloween, they’ll undoubtedly say it’s the candy. But when you ask the grownups about their priorities, it may be jack-o'lantern preservation. Some people put a considerable amount of energy into their creations, and if you’re wondering how to keep the pumpkin looking good, consider these tips:

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IAQ , halloween , halloween decoration , fall , fall decor , jack-o'lantern

IAQ and Grilling: Do They Collide?Everyone's getting into grilling these days. And why not? It's an easy way to cook for company, and you eliminate cooking odors and mess from the indoors. But grilling, as with anything using combustible fuels, should be conducted with care. We're not just talking about preventing fires and explosions, but also eliminating negative effects on IAQ, or indoor air quality.

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Air Quality , IAQ , improve air quality , co poisoning , CO monitors

Nursery Climate: Humidification vs. DehumidificationNew parents in this region may face challenges associated with baby room humidity more often than not. Humidity levels in this region fluctuate throughout the year. Summers are humid and fall and winter are dry. Too much or too little humidity is hard for people of all ages to cope with. Babies, in particular, have even less ability.

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dehumidifier , home comfort , humidifier , baby room , managing humidity , baby safety

Back-to-School Germs: Fight Back With Your HVACIt's back-to-school time again and you know what that means - germs! Your lovable kids are bringing them home in record numbers, which increases the likelihood that someone in your household will get sick sooner or later. Luckily, fighting germs with HVAC techniques is an easy way to survive the onslaught. Here are some of our favorites:

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HVAC system , home comfort , HVAC unit , back to school , home germs , germs

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