Common Indoor Air Quality Problems in Home Gyms

May 11, 2020

Having a gym in your Downer’s Grove, IL, home is convenient. You can exercise as long as you want, whenever you want. However, your home gym could be affected by indoor air pollutants. Indoor air quality problems can affect your breathing and other aspects of your health. Here are some of the most common indoor air quality problems in home gyms and some tips on what you can do in order to make your home’s air cleaner and healthier. Mold Mold spores are one of the most common causes of indoor air quality problems in humid climates like that of Downer’s Grove. Home gyms that are located in basements may have high mold spore levels. The damp, mild conditions of a basement and the many surfaces of a home gym provide an ideal growing environment. Condensation from around windows, splashes of water, or droplets of sweat also fuel the mold growth. Running a dehumidifier with your heating and cooling system and using an air purifier and high-efficiency particulate air filter will reduce mold and mold spores. Asbestos If your home was built before 1980, it could contain asbestos vinyl flooring or ceiling tiles. These products were often used in storage...

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What Are the Most Important Rooms to Have an Air Purifier in?

January 11, 2020

Because you can’t see it, it’s easy to take clean air for granted. It’s something you just expect. However, when the air is polluted or smelly, it becomes the biggest presence in any given room. Poor indoor air quality can even be dangerous to your health. This is why an air purifier can be such an important addition to any room. In order to get a better understanding of where you should place an air purifier, consider the following tips. Choose the Room With the Most Traffic When people are walking through a room a lot, they’ll bring in dirt from their shoes, outdoor pollutants, germs from being sick and more. Those pollutants don’t just disappear. It’s important to have a process for getting rid of them. If you have a mudroom, a walkway or a family room that gets a lot of foot traffic, it’s a great idea to keep an air purifier in that room. Consider the Rooms Where You Spend the Most Time If you tend to spend the most time in the den, the family room or the living room, that’s the room you’ll want to purchase an air purifier for. Because you’re spending so much...

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Can Furnaces Run Without Filters?

November 30, 2018

Operating your furnace without a filter is technically possible, but it’s not something that’s advised. The presence of a filter is not a fail-safe that keeps the furnace from running, so you can leave it out and the furnace will still cycle as it otherwise would for the temperature you have it set on. But it’s important to remember that the filter in your furnace is there for a reason. What Does a Furnace Filter Do? Your furnace’s filter takes dust, allergens, and particles out of the air. Depending on the size and type of filter, it could be rated for larger particles or smaller ones. HEPA filters, for example, take more minute particles from the air along with larger ones. These filters reduce allergy problems and provide you with cleaner air in your home. The furnace filter keeps dust and particles from getting into your lungs, and it keeps them from getting into the main part of the furnace where they can build up, do damage, and reduce efficiency. Over time, these particles can also reduce the lifespan of your furnace. Change Your Furnace’s Filter Regularly You’ll want to make sure that the furnace filter is being changed and...

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The Wonderful Invention of Air Conditioning!

August 29, 2018

There is a good chance that when it’s really hot outside, you don’t even venture outdoors because you are staying cool in an air conditioned room. If you need to drive somewhere in the heat, you probably crank the air conditioning in your car in order to stay cool. Can you imagine not having this luxury? It’s hard to believe that there was a time, not all that long ago, that AC didn’t exist. The Invention of Air Conditioning Before air conditioning was invented, Americans sought to keep cool in the heat by fanning themselves, dousing themselves with water, or sitting in the shade. Some people even built their homes underground as a way to keep cool during the sweltering summer months. It wasn’t until the invention of electricity that Americans found better ways to stay cool. The first modern cooling system was invented in 1902 by Willis Carrier, who attempted to combat the humidity at the printing plant in which he worked. In 1922, Carrier invented the centrifugal chiller, which was a much smaller version of his first invention. These cooling systems were mainly used for commercial use, which is one reason going to the movies became so popular,...

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