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Feel More Comfortable by Understanding the Factors That Affect Home ComfortHome comfort is influenced by a variety of factors even though temperature is the one that usually comes to mind. Other factors that affect home comfort include humidity, indoor air quality and the ability to control these factors. In order to optimize home comfort, it’s important to understand how these factors interact with one another.

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What Can You Do to Maintain Indoor Air Quality When Remodeling Your Home?If you’ve ever been in a home or building that’s undergoing significant remodeling, you probably noticed the sawdust, wood chips and dense clouds of dust stirred up by the work. Unfortunately, remodeling often unleashes many hazardous materials into the air. Contaminants may be contained in building materials, or they might escape into household air when walls, ceilings, cabinets and floors are disturbed or removed during the building process. This is why maintaining indoor air quality when remodeling is such a challenge.

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Helpful Strategies for Reducing Humidity in Your Fort Wayne HomeAnytime you strive for home comfort, you need to talk about both cooling and dehumidification, especially in the Midwest where high humidity turns our hot summers into steam baths. If you don't have a plan to reduce humidity, your home may cool off, but it will still feel clammy and damp. Fortunately, homeowners have tools at their disposal to effectively reduce humidity.

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How to Pick the Right Air Cleaner for Your IAQ NeedsMany harmful indoor pollutants are too small to be captured by a standard or higher efficiency furnace filter. If you want to maximize the healthfulness of the indoor air quality (IAQ) in your Fort Wayne home, you must resort to more effective air cleansing methods. Explore the different technologies used in air cleaners to find the best match to meet your IAQ needs.

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Keep Your Fort Wayne Home Efficient With Regular Duct MaintenanceWhen you're looking for ways to improve your home's energy efficiency, the network of air ducts hidden behind the walls and ceilings may not come to mind. If you haven't been keeping up with duct maintenance, holes, leaks, poor connections and a lack of insulation can rob you of 20 to 30 percent of HVAC system output.

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Balanced Home Ventilation: Choosing Between HRVs & ERVsBalanced home ventilation won't happen by itself. Most houses today are tightly sealed to minimize air exchange with the outdoors and maximize energy efficiency. Simply installing spot exhaust fans or opening a window here and there doesn’t get the job done. For optimum cooling and heating performance and efficiency, interior living spaces should always be in a state of neutral air balance. A heat recovery ventilation (HRV) system, or its close cousin the energy recovery ventilator (ERV), ensures balanced home ventilation and preserves indoor temperatures and air quality. Let's look at how these two systems are similar and different.

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Keep Cool With Home Ventilation Options in Fort WayneThe weather is warming, and many Fort Wayne homeowners are looking for ways to beat the stuffy summer heat. While air conditioning, ceiling fans and proper humidity control play a large part in keeping your home comfortable, you shouldn't overlook home ventilation. Ventilation can be one of the biggest factors in keeping your home cool and your indoor air quality high.

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Breathe Easy By Reducing Household DustCommon household dust is an unhealthy cocktail made up of skin cells, textile fibers, hair, mold spores, insect parts, chemical pollutants and many other particles that you don't want floating in the air your family breathes every day. Reducing household dust and improving your indoor air quality isn't difficult if you follow these tips:

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How Can a Home Humidifier Benefit Your Health?Dry air is a common problem for many people, particularly during the winter months. The ideal humidity in your home should be around 40 to 60 percent. You can check you home's humidity level with a bit of simple science. Just fill a glass with ice water and wait three minutes to see if condensation forms on the outside of the glass. If not, your home is too dry. Fortunately, a home humidifier can improve your comfort and health in many ways.

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Have a Professional Perform a Humidity Test in Your Fort Wayne HomeMaintaining a balanced humidity level in your home is important for keeping your space healthy and your indoor air quality high. When you've got too much humidity in your home, you could be providing a breeding ground for bacteria, mold and mildew. However, if you don't have enough, you'll see the effects in excess dust, throat and lung irritation and a worse-than-usual flu season. Having a professional perform a humidity test can help you understand how to balance humidity in your home.

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How to Inspect the HVAC System in Your Indiana HomeIndiana homeowners depend on their HVAC systems to stay warm and comfortable through the heating months. Considering that home heating accounts for 45 to 55 percent of the typical energy budget, there is also financial incentive to maintain a well-operating HVAC system with a seasonal inspection.

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Increase Winter Comfort with a Home HumidifierThe amount of water vapor in the home is a very important component of indoor air quality. When there is too much water vapor, mold, mildew and other micro-organisms proliferate. When air is too dry, such as during the winter, comfort and health suffer from side effects like dry and itchy eyes, sore throat, fatigue and more. Read on to learn how a home humidifier can alleviate dry indoor air and return comfort to your home.

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Improve Indoor Air Quality By Eliminating Dust MitesAlthough it’s ragweed season in the Fort Wayne area, that doesn’t necessarily mean that seasonal allergies are to blame when you’re dealing with a runny nose and watery eyes. The cause of those allergic reactions could be right in your own home.

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An Indoor Air Quality Test Can Tell You a Lot About Your HomeMany people would be surprised at the impact that indoor air quality has on a home, and by extension all the people in it.  If you have any reason to suspect that your home's breathing air is not what it should be, an indoor air quality test will confirm or disprove the notion for you, so you'll know if it needs attention.

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Your Furnace Filter Should Be Chosen With CareAlthough the selection process can be overwhelming, choosing the furnace filter that best meets your needs is important to keep your HVAC system operating efficiently while reducing airborne pollutants within your home and improving indoor air quality (IAQ).

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Try These Houseplants to Boost Your Indoor Air QualityWhen seeking cleaner air in your Fort Wayne area home, you'll find a number of houseplants that will boost indoor air quality. It has long been understood that house plants "breathe in" carbon dioxide and give off oxygen. Certain plants have more recently been found to be effective at filtering certain toxins (VOCs – volatile organic compounds) from the air. NASA conducted studies that confirmed this was the case. Here is a list of some of best detoxifying plants for helping to clean the air in your home:

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