At Four Seasons, we find that many homeowners understand the value of a professional duct cleaning, but most cannot indentify whether or not their home needs it at the moment. Because our air quality degrades in miniscule steps, we acclimate to the change bit by bit which makes it very difficult to assess. If we could shrink down and walk through our ductwork taking an assessment of the dust level, that’d be one thing. Instead we have to take a step back and look around our home to spot the signs of dirty ducts.
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.
Hot cocoa, ice hockey on a frozen lake, and pristine sheets of white snow in the morning all come to mind when one thinks of the upcoming winter season, but there is another element to winter rarely discussed and even more rarely acted upon.
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.
Dry, cracked skin, parched throats, and brittle hair are symptoms commonly attributed to the winter season, but these afflictions don't just happen. With everyone booting up their furnaces to keep their homes warm, the manufactured heat is also drying out your indoor air. In-home humidifiers are the easy solutions to these problems, but like every other appliance in your home, these systems require maintenance. If your home lacks a modern humidifier, then this could be exactly what is needed to finally achieve complete year-round comfort.
Topics: Air Quality
Normally when indoor air pollutants are mentioned, pollen, mold, and carbon monoxide immediately come to mind. These pollutants are addressed very easily. Maintain you CO detectors, clean up after floods, and a supply of over-the-counter allergy medication will go a long way in preventing these pollutants from taking effect, but most homeowners are not even aware that formaldehyde can be an issue. Luckily, this pollutant like the rest can be neutralized quickly and easily with the correct method.
Formaldehyde Can Affect Anyone!
While certain homes are far more vulnerable to many indoor air pollutants, formaldehyde is not dependent on these factors. In the past, formaldehyde was used in insulation, and still today it is utilized in many construction materials. This chemical is poisonous to humans and can have a greater affect on young children and the elderly. The health effects are as follows:
Topics: Air Quality
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.