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3 Winter Indoor Air Quality Concerns

As you spend more time indoors during the cold Chicago winter, you might notice that your home’s air quality isn’t as healthy as you would desire. Learn about three common indoor air quality concerns and how to address them. Pet Dander When you spend more time indoors, chances are your pets do, too. That means family members allergic to pet dander are much more likely to experience reactions or full-blown allergy attacks. You can decrease the amount of dander accumulated …
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4 Ways to Improve Winter IAQ

Indoor air quality (IAQ) is not something you might think about each day, but considering its significance, it should be given more priority. If you have poor IAQ in your Chicago home, you may experience persistent allergy symptoms like itchy eyes, a runny nose, and frequent headaches. Poor air quality can also make you more susceptible to the many illnesses that go around during this season. Clean up your home and your air with these tips for better winter IAQ …
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Remember Indoor Air Quality During a Home Remodel

Changes made during a home remodeling project can expose you to a variety of unhealthy substances, such as excessive household dust, hidden mold growth, bacteria, harsh chemicals or even extremely dangerous materials like lead paint or asbestos. Here are a few steps you can take to preserve your indoor air quality during a home remodel. Protecting IAQ While Remodeling Consult your remodeling contractor to determine a plan for controlling dust and other harmful materials before signing a contract. Make sure …
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Furnace Filter Changes Keep Your HVAC Operating Efficiently

One of the simplest and most effective things you can do to keep your HVAC system operating efficiently is to change the furnace filter regularly. The filter is your system’s first line of defense against dust and other debris and is a key factor in keeping your indoor air clean. Why Is the Furnace Filter So Important? The primary job of the filter is to keep the air flowing through the ductwork clean. Unfiltered air leads to a buildup of …
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5 Indoor Air Quality Issues That Sabotage a Healthy Home

Your family’s health and comfort is directly tied to the quality of your home environment. Indoor air quality is often more polluted than the air outside, and many homes have other safety issues that are frequently overlooked. Fortunately, you can create a healthier home environment by taking some simple steps to address the following common issues. Common Threats to a Healthier Home Environment Secondhand smoke – Tobacco smoke is a leading cause of lung cancer and other diseases. Even if they …
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How to Improve Your IAQ So Your Winter Isn’t a Stuffy One

As homeowners become more and more conscientious of their energy usage, their homes become more and more airtight. While this is certainly a smart and effective way to lower utility costs, having such a well-sealed home can lead to issues with indoor air quality (IAQ). Before the caulking and weatherstripping revolution came about, those little household air leaks provided ventilation and fresh air to breathe. And this problem is only compounded in the winter months, when most people work earnestly …
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