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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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indoor air quality , IAQ effects , heart health , healthy

How Groundhog Day Affects Your Winter HeatingFebruary 2nd is the day when the groundhog fondly known as the Punxsutawney Phil comes out of hibernation each year to advise us whether we can expect an early spring, or if the cold winter weather will continue and we'll have an extended heating season. Groundhog Day has been an annual tradition since 1886, but how does really affect winter heating in your home?

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Heating , winter heating , service and maintenance , groundhog day , spring maintenance

How Do I Prevent and Respond to Gas Leaks?Anytime a gas leak happens in your home, it’s always an occasion for alarm. It only takes a single spark for even a minor leak to have explosive consequences. As you rely on your gas furnace for warmth this winter, it’s important to know how to detect gas leaks and prevent them from happening in the future. The following offers plenty of good tips for gas leak detection and prevention.

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gas furnace , service and maintenance , gas leaks , detectors

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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indoor air quality , air filters , essential oils , furnace air filter

Tips for Protecting Your HVAC Unit from Winter WeatherAs the weather gets colder, it’s time to think about how you’re going to keep your outdoor HVAC unit safe from extreme temperatures, snow, and ice. These winter elements can end up damaging your unit, resulting in repairs or a replacement if it can’t be fixed. Find out more about winter weather protection for the outdoor HVAC unit at your New Haven home.

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HVAC , home winterizing , winter home safety , winter prep , outdoor unit , winter weather

Humidity Levels Beneath Your HomeMoisture sources underneath your house contribute to humidity effects inside your home. Water vapor continuously rises, seeping through structural gaps and into the living spaces above. High indoor humidity levels make it harder to maintain temperatures in the comfort zone, creating a clammy, colder environment in winter and a muggy, overly hot feeling in summer. Moisture infiltration also triggers condensation on interior surfaces that can spawn active mold growth, a known trigger of allergic responses in susceptible individuals.

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home comfort , humidity , leaky plumbing , defective features , clogged gutters

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