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The lingering smell of smoke indoors from the kitchen, an extinguished candle, or cigarettes can be exasperating. Air fresheners, sprays, and scented candles only mask the smoke smell temporarily. Even the time-honored tradition of opening the window only dilutes the odor without removing the smell permanently. Thankfully, there are ways to get rid of the odor permanently.

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indoor air quality , IAQ , VOCs , cooking smells , filtration

Constructing a new home includes dozens of different topics that you must consider in the design phase, and several of those are connected with your heating and cooling needs. For example, a forced air vs hydronic systems discussion must absolutely be on your to-do list because it's an important decision. To help you get started, we're going to highlight a few of the benefits of hydronic systems.

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heating system , heating options , hydronic heating , forced air heating

Temperature control is the first thing that comes to many people's minds when thinking about ways to improve home comfort. But did you know that having balanced home humidity throughout the year is essential for maximum comfort? Let's take a closer look at the humidity levels you should maintain and the techniques you can use to achieve them.

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home humidity , dehumidification , home comfort , humidity levels , humidification , humidifer , winter air , indoor air

The concept of HVAC has been around for thousands of years. The ancient Romans and Greeks used channels under marble flooring to distribute heat. However, it was until 1902 that the modern A/C idea was launched by Willis Carrier. Today's systems have experienced tremendous technological upgrades that make them significantly different from the older ones. Let's explore the recent HVAC history that has contributed to that.

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HVAC technology , hvac industry , HVAC history , hvac upgrades , hvac trends , changes in hvac

effects on hardwood floorsThe indoor environment in your home can cause a variety of effects on hardwood floors. How these factors impact flooring depends to some extent on the operation of your HVAC system. Wood is an organic material and, even when installed indoors, continues to respond to natural influences, particularly humidity. Here’s how this specific factor causes certain effects on hardwood floors, as well as some ways your HVAC system can limit them.

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indoor humidity , humidity , effects on hardwood floors , indoor climate

painting your air conditionerPainting your air conditioner may improve its aesthetic appeal, but it could cause other issues if it’s not done carefully. Basic surface prep, followed by a couple of coats of spray paint may restore a pleasing appearance to an aging unit. However, it’s important to realize that painting your air conditioner won’t turn back the hands of time when it comes to the system’s cooling performance, efficiency or reliability.

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outdoor condenser unit , A/C unit , outdoor unit , painting your air conditioner , air conditioner unit , hvac paint

Host a Safe Easter Egg Hunt and Protect Your Air SystemEgg hunts are an Easter tradition and a fun-filled occasion for adults and children alike. There's a lot of planning and prep work involved when you're hosting a hunt – like filling plastic eggs with goodies, picking the ideal hiding places, and readying snacks and beverages for guests of all ages. To ensure one and all enjoy a memorable, safe Easter egg hunt this year, be sure to take these safety-wise steps ahead of time:

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HVAC system , home safety , HVAC safety , safety considerations

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