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What Are IAQ Concerns Associated with Sporting Equipment?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?

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Craft Rooms: Why Proper Ventilation is ImportantThere's a well-established tradition in this country that workplaces should be safe, as free of work hazards as possible, and that they should be well ventilated so that workers can minimize exposure to airborne particulates. However, few of us give much consideration to the need for adequate ventilation and good indoor air quality in our home craft or work rooms.

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IAQ and Health Go Hand-in-HandUnlike 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.

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Adding Essential Oils to Furnace Air FiltersA 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.

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What to Know About Air PurificationSpringtime 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.

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Winter HVAC Maintenance: Change Your Air Filter MoreIf you're like most homeowners, changing the air filter in your HVAC comes as something of an afterthought. You know you should do it regularly, but somehow you seem to forget. After all, it's out of sight, right? And the HVAC just seems to keep on running, winter or summer. But the fact is, when you change your air filter regularly, you're benefiting your pocketbook, and boosting your comfort level.

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How to Sync Your Home's HVAC SystemsYour HVAC system consumes almost half of the energy used in your home annually. To improve its efficiency, your home's heating and cooling and various other systems need to work together in tandem. Addressing the following issues is vital for syncing HVAC systems and saving energy:

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Pros and Cons of a Heat Recovery VentilatorCan a heat recovery ventilator solve the problem of keeping indoor air quality fresh and healthy? Today’s tightly sealed energy efficient homes include one drawback: lack of fresh air. This means the enclosed indoor environment often stagnates as fumes, airborne particulates and water vapor accumulate to high levels.

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Air Pollutants and How They Get Indoors 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.

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Finding the Best Air Filters for Allergy SufferersThe best air filters for your HVAC system can reduce the misery you experience from the trees, shrubs and grasses that produce pollen in the fall. Surprisingly, it’s not the showy chrysanthemums that are the worst offenders. Instead, it’s all the tiny flowers you can’t see that cause most of the allergic reactions. Here's a quick guide to finding the best air filters for your home:

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Your Home's Kitchen Ventilation OptionsYou're not just producing culinary masterpieces when you cook. You're also introducing steam, smoke, airborne particles and odors into the home's air. If you don't have kitchen ventilation, you probably know this already. Fortunately, kitchen ventilation is not that expensive to add, and it's worth the effort and cost.

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Wi-Fi Thermostat: Upgrade Indoor Home ComfortYour home’s thermostat can be considered the brain of your heating and cooling system. It receives information from you and the environment and directs the performance of the HVAC unit. By upgrading to a Wi-Fi thermostat, you can gain more control of your home’s climate and reap other benefits as well. Here’s how these thermostats work and how they can improve your comfort.

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Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Are They Installed Properly?Your heating system, cooking equipment, and any other appliance that burns fuel create carbon monoxide (CO). Normally, this toxic gas is safely vented outside. A CO leak can be lethal, making it necessary to have a carbon monoxide detector in your home. While manufacturer's instructions for CO detector placement vary, there are some general rules you should remember.

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