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Do HEPA Filters Really Work?

By Admin
May 30, 2017 Category • HEPA Filters, IAQ, Indoor Air Quality

For some, being indoors during allergy season is a safe haven. But, what do you do when your allergies are triggered by the dust and dirt in your own home? Or if your air conditioner isnt filtering out the outdoor allergens? Using a HEPA filter is one of the most common types of filters that can prevent your allergies from flaring up, but do they really work? This article will find out if HEPA filters are better than regular filters, and whether HEPA filters really work. What is a HEPA Filter? A HEPA filter is a high-efficiency particulate air filter. It is a mechanical air filter, and uses fine mesh to trap all the particles it encounters. HEPA filters will trap pollens, dander, tobacco smoke, and dust mites. They come with different types of vacuums, and can be used for other devices in the home. Does a HEPA Filter Really Work? HEPA filters have been shown to work effectively, especially for those that suffer from allergies. Combining HEPA filters with effective ways to get rid of

Why Neglecting Your Air Filter Could Be a Disaster

By Admin
April 25, 2017 Category • Air Filters

Possibly the most critical part of your homes heating and air conditioning system is the air filter. Every hour while your air conditioning is running, all the air in your house will cycle through the system at least once, and maybe twice. All of it passes through a filter each time. That filter acts as the main line of defense against contamination for everyone living there. Many homeowners dont fully understand the importance of this particular piece of their house. They might replace it once or twice a year and otherwise never think about it. If that sounds like you, then your family and the machinery that keeps your home comfortable could unfortunately be at serious risk. What are the risks of a neglected air filter? Disease, for one, since a clogged filter wont be able to remove any more harmful bacteria and other contaminants from the air in the house. A clogged filter that gets wet for any reason can even foster the growth of molddifficult to remove, and a household health disaster. Another

Understanding the 3 Types of Mechanical Ventilation

By Admin
March 28, 2017 Category • Mechanical Ventilation

If youre looking to renovate your home or build a new one, its important to understand a critical component of its structure: ventilation. The system in which air flows through your home is known as whole-house ventilation, which uses fans to exchange outdoor with indoor air and aims to improve air quality. It helps reduce the amount of contaminants found in indoor air and control the humidity in your home, which can be extremely beneficial for your quality of living. There are three basic types of whole-house mechanical ventilation, and by understanding each you can choose the best one for you. 1. Exhaust-only ventilation This ventilation type uses a fan to move indoor air out of your home, while outdoor air is drawn in through leaks. Some benefits of this type include the low costs of installation and maintenance, but there are also several drawbacks. For one, exhaust-only ventilation can draw contaminants into your home from areas such as an attic or crawlspace, and could also move

Improve Your Home Air Quality Using Activated Carbon Air FIlters

By Admin
February 16, 2017 Category • Indoor Air Quality, Filters, Activated Carbon

With our modern lifestyle keeping us inside more than ever, it is important for our health that the air we breath is of good quality. Without air filtration, the levels of organic compounds and inorganic gases in our homes air may become concerning. We may begin to ask ourselves, how can we improve our indoor air quality? Substances in unfiltered air within our homes may pose serious health risks if breathed over long periods of time. But what makes activated carbon air filters superior than other options, and what are the benefits of using a carbon air filter? 1. Improved health There is a lot of stray particles and irritants in the air around us. If we are to feel our best, it is important that these substances are removed. Dust, pollen, mold, pet hair and dander, or other allergens that can have a large enough influence on the body to begin to make you feel dizzy and fatigued. It is important that any air filter be of high enough quality to remove these allergens can show significant

Change Your Air Filter for Better Health and Savings

By Admin
January 27, 2017 Category • , Indoor Air Quality, Air Filters

There can be a lot of maintenance and upkeep for homeowners and renters alike, but how many people stop long enough to remember to change out their air filter? Experts in the industry recommend changing your air filter every 1 to 2 months, depending on the time of year and the environment surrounding your home. For those who add it to their monthly check list, the payoff is improved indoor air quality, better health, and financial savings. 1. Removing impurities means cleaner air There is a lot more in the air we breathe than you might think. According to the National Air Filtration Association (NAFA), having a clean air filter will help to better remove a variety of impurities, including dust, pollen, mold and bacterial spores. Filtering these items out of your air will help your HVAC system run efficiently, and ensure that it is not clogged with dirt and lint. 2. Avoid disease and side effects The body is like an ecosystem, introducing destructive foreign elements into it can

Easy Tips for Maintaining Your Microwave

By Admin
December 13, 2016 Category • Microwave Maintenance, Appliance Maintenance, Microwave Filters

If you are like most Americans your microwave is one of the most used appliances in your kitchen. Since it is a proverbial workhorse, it should be treated with respect and care to prolong its life and usefulness. If you want to keep your microwave in its optimal working condition, try following some of the guidelines listed below. Your nuker will thank you for it. Keep it clean When was the last time you checked the inside of your microwave? If you do not use some kind of splatter guard every time you turn it on, chances are it is a mess. When you have splatter marks all over the inner panels, it can have a negative effect on how well it works. Clean your microwave regularly with warm soap and water or use specialty microwave cleaner. If you have stubborn spots, heat up some water in a microwave-safe vessel for about one minute. The steam will loosen up the stuck-on, hard-to-remove particles. Only use microwave-safe vessels When choosing the dishware you are putting in the microwave,

How is Dry Indoor Air Hurting You This Winter?

By Admin
November 22, 2016 Category • IAQ, Indoor Air Quality

As November progresses, fall is rapidly transitioning into winter, which means different things for different people - from having to shovel snow out of the driveway to celebrating the holidays with family and friends, everyone experiences the season differently. However, everyone has one thing in common during winter: dry air in their homes. Dry air results from the lower temperatures, which freeze the moisture in the air (precipitating it out as snow, for example) and therefore lead to dryer conditions inside. These conditions are known as winter drought because of the combination of cold weather and low humidity, which is exacerbated indoors when you crank up the heat (which raises the temperature but not the humidity of your home). What many people are unaware of is that dry indoor air can actually be problematic for a number of reasons. To start, dry conditions mean that moisture evaporates from your body more quickly, as the moisture is absorbed into the air to make up for the deficit

Simple Ways To Remove Grease From Your Kitchen Cabinets

By Admin
October 25, 2016 Category • General

Weve all been there. You reach for your cabinet to take out some plates, a glass, or something else, and your hand brushes across the surface of the cabinet. Immediately you stop dead in your tracks, because all you feel is the sticky and disgusting buildup of grease. Of course you start to wonder how it even got that way. You know you need to clean the surface. But how? Well, youre in luck: here are a few easy ways that can remove the grease and grime from your cabinets with ease. White vinegar Not only is vinegar great for pickling vegetables and sprinkling on fries, vinegar has many household uses as well. It is great at cutting through grease, which makes it an ideal product for cleaning the surface of your cabinets. All you need to do is pour some onto a dry cloth and wipe down the cabinets. You can rinse the cloth in warm water when it gets too grimy. When you are finished wiping down the cabinets, dry the surface with a paper towel. Dish soap Dish soap will cut through the

3 Easy Tips to Improve Air Quality in Your Home

By Admin
September 22, 2016 Category • IAQ, Indoor Air Quality

Now that the seasons are turning once more, allergies are going to be of great concern to a great many people. There are many ways to assist allergy sufferers; among these, making certain that your HVAC system and the air filters are well maintained and properly cleaned. But how exactly can checking over these critical systems in your home help? And why should you really bother? Those systems cant help that much, can they? For some people, a well-maintained air system in their home could even be the difference between life and death. Some studies done by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) show that indoor levels of pollutants may be two to five times that of outdoor levels of pollutants. These same studies even suggested that indoor air pollution is one of the top five environmental risks to the health of the public. Failure to address contaminated indoor air can lead to health risks such as: cough, eye irritation, sneezing, asthma or asthmatic complications, in rarer cases,

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