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To-Do When You Have a Dead Rodent in Your DuctworkWhen you have clean ductwork, you shouldn't notice any unpleasant odors wafting from the registers when your heating system is running. However, if you smell a foul scent whenever the blower cycles on, the most likely culprit is a dead rodent somewhere in your ductwork. A decomposing animal carcass not only smells awful, it's a breeding ground for unhealthy contaminants, so you'll want to get it removed promptly by:

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HVAC system , duct cleaning , ductwork , home comfort , odor

Set to Cool but Blowing Hot: Air Conditioning IssuesIf your HVAC settings appear to be correct, why in the world is your air conditioner blowing hot air? The most basic function of an A/C is to deliver cool comfort, so if you’re feeling a warm blast from the vents instead, something’s definitely amiss. It may be a simple matter you can resolve yourself or it may require diagnosis by a qualified technician. Here are some scenarios that might be at fault if your HVAC settings are blowing hot air instead of cool.

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HVAC system , air conditioner , air filter , refrigerant , thermostat settings , hvac settings

Sizing Considerations for Buying an Air ConditionerAir conditioner sizing is a critically-important consideration when you're planning to purchase new cooling equipment. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), an A/C's size needs to match the space it's going to cool. An undersized A/C will run for extended periods, use a lot of energy, but won't cool your home's interior sufficiently for comfort. An oversized air conditioner will only run for short cycles, so it won't dehumidify effectively or cool your living space efficiently.

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HVAC system , air conditioner , Tips , HVAC , air conditioner efficiency , air conditioner sizing

Ways to Keep Your Jack-O'Lantern Fresh LongerIf 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:

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IAQ , halloween , halloween decoration , fall , fall decor , jack-o'lantern

IAQ and Grilling: Do They Collide?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.

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Air Quality , IAQ , improve air quality , co poisoning , CO monitors

Nursery Climate: Humidification vs. DehumidificationNew parents in this region may face challenges associated with baby room humidity more often than not. Humidity levels in this region fluctuate throughout the year. Summers are humid and fall and winter are dry. Too much or too little humidity is hard for people of all ages to cope with. Babies, in particular, have even less ability.

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dehumidifier , home comfort , humidifier , baby room , managing humidity , baby safety

Summer Safety in AtticsAttic safety is a concern at any time of year, but particularly in summer. While many homeowners avoid visiting the attic as much as possible, it’s sometimes necessary to inspect the structure, check for roof leaks or retrieve items stored there. Unfinished attics are not constructed to the same safety standards we take for granted in living spaces below. Persons entering the attic must recognize hazards and take necessary steps to guard against injury. Here are some specific attic safety issues to be aware of, especially during hot summer weather.

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home safety , safety , attic , attic safety , heat

How to Identify HVAC Vents in Your HomeIf you have central, forced-air HVAC for heating and cooling your home, it relies on a network of ducts that are essential for proper air distribution through the system. The ducts themselves are routed behind the walls, ceilings or floors, so all you see are the HVAC vents that cover the duct openings. Learning how to identify these vents and understanding their purpose can make it easier to keep your HVAC system operating reliably and efficiently, and help ensure your home comfort.

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HVAC system , HVAC , A/C Vents , home vents , home ventilation , hvac vents

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