There’s a proven connection between indoor air quality and the performance and efficiency of your HVAC system. While your air conditioner and furnace might seem to be principally designed for comfort-control, actually, the system as a whole plays a major role in reducing airborne particulates and allergens, as well as controlling humidity inside the house.
Air Quality Awareness Week takes place April 29-May 3 this year. This Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-sponsored event is held annually to highlight outdoor air quality concerns nation-wide. Here in Northeast Indiana, we contend with two main types of outdoor pollutants – low-level ozone and particulate matter.
Electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes are a hot trend worldwide, with consumers viewing them as an alternative to smoking traditional tobacco products. Unlike traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes don't contain tobacco. However, their increasing prevalence has raised concerns about their impact on indoor air quality.
Ultraviolet (UV) lights have been utilized in commercial settings to reduce airborne contaminants and sanitize equipment for decades. You can now incorporate the proven technology into your HVAC system to boost your indoor air quality.
With the hectic schedules that most of us have these days, it's no surprise that many people are opting for at-home sporting activities and workout programs rather than gym memberships to improve their health. What you may not know is that the very equipment that's meant to help you stay healthy at home can degrade indoor air quality and harm your health. How can that be?
If you're like most homeowners concerned with your indoor air quality, you may well wonder if that air purifier that you had installed in your HVAC system is really doing its job.
Whether or not your air purifying equipment is working depends on the type of system you have.
Unlike the dirt and dust that soil your floors and furniture, you can't see most of the airborne pollutants that compromise your home's indoor air quality. But these pollutants can have an adverse effect on your health, especially when they build up over time in an airtight home.
This American Heart Health Month, learn how to prevent adverse IAQ effects, including heart disease.
The holidays are a time for baking. Home-baked goods provide a perfect ending to dinner and are one of the sweetest gifts you could offer to loved ones. But if you're looking to make bakery-worthy bread, pies, cookies, or other goodies for family and friends, it's essential to understand how your indoor climate affects baking.
We hate to be the ones to break the bad news to you, but it's official: your live Christmas tree can make you sick. If you've ever noticed an increase in your own sneezing and wheezing when that lovely pine-scented Christmas tree makes an entrance, you may want to find a substitute.
A sweet-smelling home creates a welcoming atmosphere and makes all occupants feel comfortable. However, the candles and room sprays that people usually use compromise indoor air quality. A homemade scented air filter is an easy, inexpensive, and safe way to distribute fresh scent throughout your house. You only need essential oils and a clean air filter to make your own scented filter.
Here in Indiana, we tend to spend a lot more time inside our homes once the weather turns cold, so winter indoor air quality is a serious issue. If you have concerns about your winter air quality, it's important to learn why it plummets during the colder months, and what you can do to improve it.
If 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:
Planning to host a football watch party at your home? In addition to providing hot dogs, soda, and a big screen TV, it's also important that you take care of your guests' comfort needs. And since party comfort concerns are such a big deal, let's break it down to two primary needs:
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.
Springtime may seem far away in Indiana in January and February, but it won't be long till allergy sufferers will be enduring the aggravating symptoms that come with flowers and trees bursting into bloom and producing tree pollen. That's one reason why February isn't too soon to start thinking about air purification in your home. Another reason is that February is actually named after a Roman festival of purification called Februa, where people were ritually washed, perhaps in preparation for the new year.
Research shows that the air in most homes is much more polluted than the air found outdoors. You may wonder how that could be in your own home. After all, you are likely scrupulous about keeping it cleaned. But cleaning surfaces alone will not ensure you have good indoor air quality, especially in an airtight house where air pollutants can build up.
Installing UV lights (ultraviolet) in your home’s forced-air heating and cooling system will increase your home’s air quality easily and affordably. Ultraviolet light comes from sunshine and has a sanitizing effect on the organic matter it contacts. Installed in your home’s HVAC system, you’ll achieve the same benefits.