Heating and Cooling Insights :: Indoor Air Quality

Help Your HVAC System Keep Your Indoor Air Clean With These Tips

by Greg Leisgang on April 30, 2014

If you're like most Americans, you spend up to 90 percent of your time inside, which makes your indoor air quality vitally important to your health. The gases and particles that pollute your air come from a variety of sources, such as fuel combustion from heating equipment and appliances, building materials, insulation, carpeting, furnishings and cleaning and maintenance products. There are, however, some steps you can take to help your HVAC system clean the air in your home, so you'll breathe easier.… read more »

Improve Your Home’s Heating and Air by Finding the Right Whole-House Humidifier

by Greg Leisgang on April 25, 2014

During cooler temperatures, the air in your Cincinnati area home can become so dry that it makes your skin crawl. Combat dryness and the stuffy noses, dry skin and static buildup with a whole-house humidifier. Heating and air quality are closely linked. An added benefit of properly humidified air: you'll feel warm at a lower thermostat setting, saving you money on energy bills.… read more »

Heating and Cooling Situations That Can Trigger Your Carbon Monoxide Alarm

by Greg Leisgang on April 21, 2014

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a killer at certain concentrations. By interfering with your body's ability to carry oxygen, the colorless, odorless gas can lead to serious trouble, including brain damage and death. But it's also a natural by-product of all forms of combustion, including the combustion taking place in a gas furnace, which is why furnace maintenance and CO detectors are so important to your home health. And if your CO detector goes off, it could point to a serious issue with your HVAC system.… read more »

Air Cleaner Features That Impact Which Unit Is Right for Your Home’s Needs

by Greg Leisgang on March 27, 2014

For many people who suffer from allergies, own pets, do crafts such as woodworking in their home, or who just want to improve their home's indoor air quality, air purifiers and air cleaners are powerful tools. But if you're in the market for an air quality appliance, selecting the right one can be a daunting task.… read more »

HVAC Tips: Understanding the Difference Between a Humidifier and Dehumidifier

by Greg Leisgang on March 26, 2014

You may have heard about or have had to use a dehumidifier or a humidifier. You may also be aware that humidity is one of the factors determining how livable an area is. But how do these appliances work together with your HVAC system to keep you and your home comfortable?… read more »

Mold and Mildew Issues Impact Indoor Air Quality in the Winter, and Here’s Why

by Greg Leisgang on March 10, 2014

Around the Blue Ash area, maintaining good indoor air quality requires a year-round effort. That's because it's not just warm-weather grasses and flowering trees that produce allergens. Winter mold growth poses a hidden threat right in your own home.… read more »

Supplement Your HVAC System With Humidification: The Benefits

by Greg Leisgang on February 17, 2014

Unless you have a small home, a central humidifier that works with your HVAC system is the simplest and most efficient way to manage indoor humidity.… read more »

Why Using the Right MERV Ratings on HVAC Filters Matters to Your West Chester Home

by Greg Leisgang on December 3, 2013

Forced-air heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems include an air filter to protect system components from airborne particles and improve the air quality of the spaces they serve. There are a range of air filters available that differ in how efficiently they filter out particles from the air… read more »

Allergy-Proof Your Middletown Home to Prevent the Spread of Irritants by Your HVAC System

by Greg Leisgang on November 29, 2013

Keeping your air clean is essential to good health, especially if you suffer from allergies. This room-by-room guide will help you allergy-proof your home so you can breathe easier.… read more »

Adding an Air Cleaner to Your HVAC System Improves Indoor Air Quality in Your Franklin Home

by Greg Leisgang on November 19, 2013

Indoor air cleaners can help improve your Franklin home's indoor air quality and reduce your exposure to indoor air pollutants.… read more »

Has Your Carbon Monoxide Detector Sounded? Furnace Repair Might Be Necessary

by Greg Leisgang on November 7, 2013

You rely on carbon monoxide detectors to keep your family safe year-round, but they are especially important in the winter when you run combustion appliances with windows and doors tightly shut. Here’s more of what you need to know about carbon monoxide leaks in your Springdale home and how they relate to furnace repair and maintenance.… read more »

Humidity: Strike a Balance for Comfort in Your Springboro Home Year-Round

by Greg Leisgang on October 7, 2013

When the local forecast calls for high humidity levels in the Springboro area, it's time to take action. We all know what high humidity feels like, and many homes don't have proper insulation against it, nor are they equipped with vapor barriers. However, homeowners should also be conscious of having indoor air that's too dry, which usually happens in the cold winter weather. The bottom line: Proper home humidity levels are essential for year-round comfort.… read more »

A Clean Air Filter Can Give Your A/C an Efficiency Boost

by Greg Leisgang on August 28, 2013

One of the most important yet frequently overlooked steps to ensure the economy, efficiency and longevity of your home's HVAC system is conducting proper air filter maintenance. Making sure that you regularly provide a correctly sized, clean air filter for your heating and cooling equipment will go a long way toward boosting your system's effectiveness, as well as maintaining your home's indoor air quality.… read more »

Improve Indoor Air Quality to Make Home a Haven When Summer's at its Hottest

by Greg Leisgang on August 5, 2013

Improving the indoor air quality in your West Chester area home is essential for good health. The EPA has identified indoor air in the typical home as one of the top five environmental hazards. Gaseous and particulate pollutants in your home can exacerbate allergy and asthma symptoms, and can cause a number of health problems later on. Three ways to improve your indoor air quality include source control, air cleaning technologies and optimum ventilation in the home.… read more »

HEPA Filtration Offers Extreme Air Quality for Ohioans in Need

by Greg Leisgang on July 1, 2013

If you suffer from allergies or asthma, you know how important it is to maintain your home's indoor air quality. When the pollen count's high, your home may be the only place where you can find solace from the itchy eyes or constant sneezing triggered by the outdoors. There are many types of air filters available, but if you want the top of the line, there's HEPA filtration.… read more »

Living In Greater Cincinnati: Choose an A/C Filter that Balances Airflow With MERV

by Greg Leisgang on May 22, 2013

When you choose an A/C filter, it's important to understand both the numerical rating (MERV) for the filter and your home unit's airflow capacity.… read more »

Understanding How a Whole-House Humidifier Works

by Greg Leisgang on March 6, 2013

A whole-house humidifier is a simple yet effective tool that leverages gravity and water evaporation to simultaneously provide supreme home comfort, protect property and possessions, and even ward off viral infections by optimally humidifying indoor air during the cold, dry months. Understanding how a whole-house humidifier works can enable you to reap all these benefits in your Cincinnati area home.… read more »

Furnace Filter Basics: Learn What You Need to Know About This Nifty Device

by Greg Leisgang on January 30, 2013

Checking and replacing the air filter in your furnace is a very simple task, but the benefits cannot be overstated. The air in your Cincinnati home contains particles including dust, bacteria, viruses, mold and pollen. Your air filter traps many of these particles, keeping your family healthier and helping to reduce allergies and asthma flare-ups. The filter also protects your furnace against dust buildup, which can damage your fan and heat exchanger and result in expensive repair bills. A clean filter will keep your system operating efficiently and keep your energy bills in check. These furnace filter basics will help you maintain good indoor air quality and protect your furnace from damage.… read more »

The Quality Of Your Furnace Filter Matters: Here's How To Select One

by Greg Leisgang on December 10, 2012

A furnace filter is essential to protect both your furnace and the condition of your home's air. Quality is important, as a good furnace filter can serve to preserve the life of your furnace and cut down on Cincinnati's allergy problems or illnesses within the home.… read more »

Choosing An Indoor Air Quality System: 4 Factors You Shouldn't Overlook

by Greg Leisgang on October 3, 2012

Are you concerned about the vast number of little microorganisms and dust particles floating around your house at all hours of the day and night? Perhaps it is time for you to invest in an indoor air quality system to help get rid of all those harmful Cincinnati elements.… read more »

Boost Air Filter Efficiency in Cincinnati: 5 Terms You Need To Know

by Greg Leisgang on September 26, 2012

It is important to regularly replace your HVAC air filter, but it is equally important that you choose the right filter when buying a replacement. Air filters can vary in a number of ways, and there are different ratings and terms used to describe air filter efficiency.… read more »

Wondering How To Combat Cincinnati Summer Allergies? Look To These Air Quality Solutions

by Greg Leisgang on August 8, 2012

For many, summer means long days spent outdoors. But those who suffer from summer allergies may want to hide indoors until pollen season is over. Your Cincinnati home can be your safe haven at this time of year, but only if the indoor air quality is up to par. However, in many homes the indoor air may be even more polluted than the outside. Here are some air quality solutions to consider that can help you breathe easier.… read more »

HEPA Filtration Helps Fight Indoor Air Quality Problems in Cincinnati

by Greg Leisgang on July 18, 2012

Filtering the air we breathe sounds like a good, simple, common-sense idea. People in who suffer from allergies or asthma, the elderly and the very young may benefit most, but clean air is better for everyone in Cincinnati. Investing in a HEPA filtration system can help to address air-quality problems, and create a more comfortable living environment.… read more »

Ignoring An Air Filter Is More Of A Gamble Than You'd Think -- 1 Simple Tip To Protect Yourself

by Greg Leisgang on March 5, 2012

Ignoring an air filter does nothing to benefit anyone in Cincinnati, except that it saves you from buying a replacement filter. To prevent gambling with the life of your furnace and the quality of your air, simply check the filter once a month and change it when it starts to show signs that it's full. And never let the filter go longer than 3 months without being changed.… read more »

Most Greater Cincinnati Area Homeowners Already Know That Changing Air Filters Regularly Is Important, But Do You Know Why You Should Do It?

by Greg Leisgang on November 15, 2011

Keeping your filters clean is the single most important thing you can do to maintain your HVAC system. Manufacturers generally recommend that air filters be changed every thirty days, especially when the system is used consistently, but many Cincinnati homeowners do not know why it is critical. Neglecting this simple piece of equipment could raise your utility bills and result in having to replace the whole HVAC much sooner than expected. Ignoring it could also put the health of your family at risk.… read more »

Furnace Filters And Efficiency: Investigate Factors That Influence Cincinnati Savings

by Greg Leisgang on October 21, 2011

Furnace filters are designed to prevent dust and other debris from building up in your furnace. The most basic filters are designed only to protect your equipment, but you can get higher-efficiency filters if you want to improve indoor air quality as well.… read more »

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