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Hartman 9.26.13With indoor air pollution listed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as one of today's top five environmental health risks, this is a problem that homeowners should not ignore. Air filters for your cooling and heating systems are a popular solution but not all air filters are created equal. What should you look for in an air filter, and how can it boost air quality in your home?

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A/C Coils Should Be Cleaned Annually: How Are Yours?The Indiana cooling season is long and hot, and getting the most out of your air conditioner is probably high on your list of priorities. Your best defense against an inefficient system is your annual preventive tune-up, which will increase your air conditioner's efficiency, lower your utility costs, and extend the life of your system. When you call to schedule your yearly tune-up, ask your HVAC professional about cleaning the A/C coils to further increase system efficiency and save you money.

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Your Air Conditioner Filter: A Simple Guide to MERV RatingsWhen keeping your electric bills low and your indoor air cleaner in the summer are important, pay attention to your air conditioner filter. While it's the least expensive component inside your cooling system, it's one of the most important. The filter traps the airborne particles that could otherwise wreak havoc on your equipment and drive up energy bills.

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Keeping the Lid on Summer Heat Buildup in Your HomeAnything you can do to cut summer heat buildup in your home will lower your cooling bills immediately and for years to come. It won't cost much, and it will make a big difference in your conditioning load. It could even improve indoor air quality. Your attic, windows and air infiltration are the best places to reduce the heat gain indoors.

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Hiring a Contractor for Your A/C Installation: An Easy ChecklistFort Wayne area summers can get awfully hot and sticky. Savvy homeowners with aging cooling systems who have chosen to upgrade to a new, energy-efficient air conditioner to prepare for the heat may wonder what criteria to look for when hiring a contractor for A/C installation. 

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Mold and Moisture Damage Respond When High Humidity HitsSummer is on its way, which means so is high humidity. When the air inside your home gets too humid, it's more than just a comfort issue; high indoor humidity can lead to mold and moisture damage. To avoid these problems, you'll want to take steps to ensure the humidity in your home stays at acceptable levels.

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Your Aging Air Conditioner: 7 Smart Reasons to Go With Replacement Instead of RepairsSo, you have an aging air conditioner and you’re wondering which is best, to repair or replace? The first thing to do is consider the 50 percent rule. This rule states that if repair costs approach half the cost of a new A/C, it’s time to do away with the aging air conditioner and replace it with a new, energy-efficient model.

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HEPA Filtration Ups the Ante When It Comes to Optimal Indoor Air QualityHEPA filtration works in conjunction with your home’s forced-air system to remove up to 99.99 percent of allergens, viruses, and other pathogens and VOCs (volatile organic compounds) from indoor air. Learn how HEPA filters stand apart from all other media filters, and up the ante for delivering optimal indoor air quality (IAQ) both in the thick of allergy season and any other season.

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Load Calculations: The First Step Before Buying a New HVAC SystemPurchasing new heating and cooling equipment entails a lot more than simply picking out the first energy-smart system you see. In order to actually enjoy the efficiency benefits, a professional load calculation must be performed to determine your home's heating and cooling loads, as well as your ductwork's capacity. Here's a look at two valuable load calculation tools, and how they can help you pick the right HVAC system for your home.

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Ductless Mini Split Maintenance: What to Do to Keep the Unit EfficientSpringtime is the ideal time of year to perform system maintenance and efficiency tasks around the home. Prepare your home for the cooling months with ductless mini split maintenance, and you can relax in comfort with lower cooling bills.

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Keep Spring Allergies at Bay With These 9 Indoor Air Quality TipsIn all likelihood, you and everyone else in your Fort Wayne area home are breathing relatively dirty air, and you don't even know it. But don't panic -- getting control of your indoor air quality doesn't have to be difficult. Here are nine tips you should follow to clean your indoor air and start breathing easier:

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When Air Cleaners Need Cleaning, Here's What to DoElectronic air cleaners can be an integral component for any homeowner’s indoor air quality strategy – if the systems are clean. With allergy season on the way, make sure you’re maximizing the effectiveness of your air cleaner with regular cleaning, and you’ll enjoy better indoor air quality with fewer allergy and respiratory issues for household occupants.

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Indoor Air Quality Not What It Should Be? Get Tough on These BiocontaminantsOn a quest to reduce energy costs and preserve the environment, people are attempting to seal every possible source of airflow into their homes. While this does increase the efficiency of a home's heating and cooling systems, it also means that in Indiana and many other areas, people spend the vast majority of their time in places that have little or no fresh air. This can lead to poor, and even hazardous, indoor air quality. Tightly sealed spaces can fill up with invisible biocontaminants that according to the federal EPA, can trigger or exacerbate health issues including allergic reactions, asthma, an increased chance of contracting an infectious disease, and digestive problems.

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Need To Boost Home Performance? Use This Handy ChecklistEvery homeowner wants to boost home performance to save both energy and money, but what exactly do you need to do to cut energy costs? Here is a nine-point checklist to help you overcome the most common energy inefficiencies in American households:

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The air filter for your HVAC equipment is one of the most important components of the system. It keeps the blower components clean and affects the quality of the air you breathe indoors. Just as different types of HVAC equipment carry ratings for efficiency, so do air filters, and knowing about the options can lengthen your system's life and improve indoor air quality.

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Poor Indoor Air Quality? Electronic Air Cleaners Can Change ThatAirborne debris in your Indiana home can worsen allergies and asthma, cause odors, and allow mold and mildew to spread. While standard fiberglass HVAC filters protect your system from dirt, they don't do much to clean the air. To improve your indoor air quality by removing fine dust, pollen and smoke particles, an electronic air cleaner is one of your best options.

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Ductless Mini-Split Maintenance: Here's What Your HVAC Technician Will DoIn homes and businesses where ductwork isn’t the ideal choice, there’s always the option to install a ductless mini-split. Such systems provide a convenient, cost-effective way to heat and cool areas of your home where ductwork isn’t feasible. Plus, ductless mini-split maintenance is often simple and affordable.

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Perform Your Own Energy Evaluation With This Handy 'Yardstick'Most homeowners aren't aware that they can perform their own energy evaluation on their homes. In tough economic times like we're experiencing today, it's important to save money every way possible. If you're not sure whether you're doing everything you can to keep energy costs low, here are a few tips that will help ensure your family stays comfortable, while you enjoy savings on utility costs. 

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Your A/C And Ceiling Fans: A Terrific Cooling ComboAir conditioning your home can be quite expensive when it requires constant cooling during the summer. Constantly relying on your air conditioner uses up a lot of energy, as well as wearing out your A/C. However, you can reduce your air conditioning costs by installing and using ceiling fans in your Indiana home. They provide a perfect complement to the cooling done by your A/C.

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Air Leaks In Your Home? Stop Wasting MoneyIf your home has air leaks, you're throwing away your hard-earned money in unnecessary energy costs. Air leaks allow for the cooled or heated air to escape and the outside air to leak in. To compensate for the air loss, you adjust the thermostat, which increases the amount of energy used, thus increasing your utility bill. To stop this costly cycle from repeating itself, locate and seal air leaks in your home, reducing energy costs while creating a healthier and more comfortable home.

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