Sprays, candles, plug-ins, and artificial scents provide instant improvement in the smell of your home, but they do not address the real problem. If these chemicals compose the core of your air quality strategy, the time has come to tackle the source of your bad air. Cut down on cover ups, and purify the air in your home right now by following these strategies.
Spring is just now starting to emerge in Chicago land! The forecast finally begins to show temperatures in the 40's and low 50's which is encouraging news. After such a harsh winter, the air quality in our homes rapidly diminished as we locked our windows and doors tight relying entirely on our air filter to purify our indoor air.
This week was a rollercoaster of weather conditions. It began with 8 inches of snow and likely the worst commute all year, but then we had our first taste of spring as the weather reached the mid 40's. This means it is about time to start thinking about the end of winter and the beginning of the cooling season. So to start, let's discuss something fundamental: furnace filters.
While most homeowners trust their furnace filter to provide all the air quality protection needs, they struggle to find solutions to bad odors in the home. The trust is that not every filter is as adept at removing those unpleasant odors that occur from the various products we use everyday. The go-to answer for many homeowners involves aerosol sprays and candles, but these only serve to mask the odors and add even more chemicals to your air.
Not all filters are made in the same manner, with the same filtration levels, or even for the same situations. However, each type of filter is a modern marvel allowing us to recycle the same air, keep our windows closed for months at a time, and prevent many of the airborne irritations from affecting our respiratory systems. Today we'll take a look at the four different kinds of filters.
From about now until sometime in March, the windows of our home will be shut tight, the furnace will be blasting, and we'll be huddled up inside for almost all of the day. Because homes are built air tight to protect energy efficiency, air quality can become an issue during these reclusive months. Poor indoor air can lead to effects as small as dry skin or as serious as flues and illnesses. However, there are steps we can all take to clean the air we breathe and prevent these problems from occurring in the first place.
We all struggle in our homes to maintain air quality. Hundreds of dollars every year are spent on sprays, candles, fresheners, purifiers, and other scents in an effort to breathe better. Many of these options provide relief for a very short amount of time, so consumers search for something more permanent. There are air purifiers out there claiming to generate an ozone field to improve air quality, and they appear to be the the solution you were looking for. In a sense, they work, but not as you would expect.
This winter has been a rough one. As if the bitter cold was not enough, the unexpected flu outbreak left many of us confined to a bed for days. Those that already suffer from illness had a particularly difficult time avoiding the bacteria and viruses that caused illness during these chilly months here in Chicagoland. What we all need is a way to better protect ourselves from these invisible invaders, and Four Seasons has the answer.
As the snow turns to rain, mold becomes a major concern for homes across Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. This destructive organism can invade wreaking havoc on allergies and asthma while potentially causing structural damage to your home as well! Four Seasons has seen what mold can do to a home, and trust us, you don’t want your home to suffer that fate! Take action now and consider Four Seasons five ways to fight mold growth this spring.
Five Ways to Keep Mold at Bay
- Keep Water Away: One of the three factors that promote mold growth is water. Without it, mold simply cannot survive. Therefore, the very first step towards preventing mold growth in your home is preventing water from getting inside. This can be done by extending the downspouts on your gutters, repairing leaking pipes, and installing properly functioning sump pump equipment. Four Seasons professional plumbers can repair any plumbing issue and test or replace your existing sump pump. We also offer back up devices to keep water away during power failures. These sump pumps work together with your downspouts to direct the water as far away from your foundation as possible.
- Proper Humidification: Again the idea of water and moisture removal comes into play. Humidity levels in the home play a big part in creating an environment that either encourages or discourages mold growth. Humidity levels that are much too high (typically over 60%) can promote mold growth, but having a properly maintained air conditioner can prevent humidity problems all together. The air conditioner removes excess moisture from the air before cooling the home to the desired temperature. Four Seasons 30+ point clean and check makes it easy for your air conditioner for keep you cool while controlling humidity and mold.
- Verify Proper Ventilation: The attic is often an area of the home that is vulnerable to mold growth and improper ventilation tends to be the cause. You need adequate amounts of fresh air to prevent mold spores from making your home their home as well. Four Seasons is your indoor air quality expert and will help you improve ventilation anywhere from the roof to the basement.
- Clean and Repair Your Gutters: Gutters that are clogged by dirt and debris not only fail to function but they can also promote mold growth in the home. Decaying, damp leaves make it easy for mold to take over your gutters, roof, and eventually your home. Clogged gutters will also overflow when it rains preventing water from being safely directed away from the foundation. This leads to flooding as the foundation begins to crumble. Keeping the gutters maintained multiple times a year will prevent this problem and Four Seasons Home Services can help you keep on top of this tedious home maintenance task.
- Improve Indoor Air Filtration: Your air filtration system is another important line of defense against mold growth. As spores circulate throughout the home, your HVAC filter will capture the spores before they can set up shop and spread. Clean air ducts are another point to consider. If you have mold present in your ducts, a thorough cleaning from Four Seasons is just want you need to eliminate this common source of mold growth in the home.
Fighting Mold with Four Seasons
As you can see, Four Seasons has several services designed to fight mold growth this spring and all year round! Now is the time to clean your gutters, replace your sump pump, repair your pipes, clean your air conditioner, and improve ventilation and air quality with help from Four Seasons Heating, Air Conditioning, and Plumbing the Midwest's largest HVAC contractor.