What Happens to IAQ When You Open or Close the Windows?

November 19, 2020

If you’re like most Americans, you spend about 90% of your time indoors. That amount of time may be higher since the COVID-19 pandemic started, and it will also increase during the winter months of the year. When you close the windows in the springtime and open them in the wintertime, you can make some significant changes to your Downers Grove home’s indoor air quality (IAQ). Here are some of the ways that opening and closing your windows impacts your house’s IAQ. Problems Caused By Opening the Windows in Springtime When the weather finally warms up and the sun comes out, it’s tempting to open your windows. However, doing this can be harmful. The open windows allow pollen to enter your house. Mold spores can also get inside. It’s best to keep the windows closed and avoid allergy and asthma symptoms caused by exposure to these allergens and triggers. Hazards of Keeping Your Windows Closed During the Winter When it’s freezing outside, you’d probably prefer to keep the cold air outdoors. However, not allowing any fresh air to get into your home can be a problem for your health. If your furnace has a gas leak, carbon monoxide could build...

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7 Benefits of Humidifiers in the Winter

October 10, 2020

While we love the warmer months and having our windows open, the weather inevitably turns. As the cooler weather sets in, it is time to focus on winter air quality and getting your furnace running properly. One of the key things to get your home ready for the winter is to mind your humidity level. The ideal humidity level for your home is roughly 30% to 50%. The relative humidity level tends to drop during the winter, especially once the air moves through the furnace combustion chamber. This means you should consider adding moisture to the air. Check out these seven reasons why you should think about using a humidifier this winter. 1. Help Prevent the Spread of Viruses Did you ever wonder why winter tends to be the season when viruses spread more easily? One 2013 study suggests that a relative humidity of at least 43% renders about 85% of viruses inert. In other words, simply increasing the humidity level in your home can help reduce your risk of viral infections. 2. Reduce Snoring Adding humidity is not going to solve something like obstructive sleep apnea, but it can aid with the symptoms. When you sleep, your nasal passages...

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Do Candles Affect Indoor Air Quality?

June 26, 2019

Candles can be lovely and relaxing. There’s a reason why a candlelit dinner is considered the height of romance. Something about the gentle light makes everything seem more magical. Plus, they make a room smell good too. Despite being a seemingly magical source of calm and positive feelings, some candles could be bad for your health and indoor air quality. What’s Wrong With Scented Candles? The main problem with most commercial candles is that they are made of paraffin wax. This is a petroleum byproduct that is created when crude oil is refined into gasoline. This product, when burned, releases fumes that can do damage to the lungs. Another issue is the wick that is burned. Most are made of cotton wrapped around a metal core. When these metal wicks are burnt, they can release a dangerous kind of soot that seeps into the lungs when inhaled. Furthermore more, though most commercial candle companies claim they don’t use lead in their products, they aren’t legally mandated to make their candles lead-free. So it’s possible, especially when it comes to imported candles (which make up about one-third of all candle sales), that the wicks are laced with heavy metals. Better Alternatives...

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Are Old and New Air Conditioners the Same?

May 22, 2019

Technology is always changing, and this is especially true when it comes to HVAC systems. Though air conditioners might look similar and continue to cool the house properly, newer models have some distinct changes. There are a few key differences between newer and older styles of an air conditioner. More Eco-Friendly Designs Newer air conditioner systems use R-410A refrigerant. This is a more environmentally friendly refrigerant than the R-22 refrigerant and other coolants that have the potential to cause problems with the ozone layer. Newer models also tend to have modulating technology that means they do not require as much electricity to work. Reduced Energy Consumption Downers Grove residents who get to install a new air conditioner often report how surprised they are by the reduction in their energy bills. This happens because newer models only use about 1,700 watts of energy to cool the average sized home while older models may use up to 6,000 watts. Improved Home Comfort Unlike old air conditioners that ran at a single fixed speed, new units have the option of variable speed air distribution. This lets your unit change the speeds at which it sends cool air through the home, so you get...

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Golfing for a Cause

April 30, 2019

At , our company is built on family, hard work, and a great reputation. We’ve been successful, and we want to give back. To this end, we’re pleased to be sponsoring the Created for More Ministries (CFMM) Golf Scramble. It will take place at the White Eagle Golf Club in Naperville, IL, on Monday, May 6, 2019. Come out to help us break the cycle of crime. Golf Scramble Event Details There is a lunch scheduled for the fundraiser; it’s from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. local time. The shotgun start time is 12:30 p.m. Plan to share appetizers with us after the competition. For this event, you can sign up as a single golfer for $155 or as a foursome for $565. The foursome winner will be awarded a gift certificate from the course’s pro shop. If you want to sponsor the golf event but aren’t available to participate, it’s absolutely fine to sponsor without participation. You can also donate to CFMM directly. About Created for More Ministries CFMM did the research and discovered that most young men become members of a gang between the ages of 11 and 15. The biggest risk of violence for these young gang...

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5 Energy Efficiency Tips

April 8, 2019

In today’s world, more and more people are becoming wary of energy consumption in their homes. Everyone is shifting to energy-friendly appliances since energy sources are quickly diminishing. Here are five ways you can conserve energy in your house. 1. Maintain or Replace Old Appliances Old appliances such as water heaters and refrigerators are plagued by characteristic high energy consumption and less efficiency. Of course, repeated use of home appliances wears them down over time. This means they become less efficient as time goes by. Therefore, it becomes essential to maintain and regularly service home appliances. Even with regular servicing, these appliances may become outdated and incompatible with present energy-saving technology. Maintaining them might become more of a liability than an advantage. It would be suitable to purchase modern, technologically advanced appliances. Better yet, having energy-friendly devices can get you rebates in tax credits provided they meet the Energy Star criteria. 2. Purchasing a Smart Thermostat Thermostats are meant to control and manage the heating and cooling of our homes. Today, smart thermostats exist. The latter adjusts the room’s temperature through advanced intelligent learning capabilities. These intelligent appliances learn when you’re most active or less active and adjust the temperature...

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Why Product Warranties are Important

October 5, 2018

If you’re like most consumers, you spend a lot of time researching the price and the performance of new systems when you’re shopping for a new heating or cooling system. However, most of us spend little or no time to analyze what type of warranties the system’s manufacturer offers. While this part of the sales package is less glamorous than energy efficiency or cost savings, it’s still an important part of the transaction. Why Product Warranties are Important A warranty is a promise from the manufacturer that the heating system will perform as advertised and outlined in the sales documents. Because factory defects are often not apparent simply by looking at the system, warranties provide a way for the manufacturer to make it right to the buyer should he or she have issues with the system shortly after purchase. Most warranties have a time limit and many limit the parts of the system that are covered. 1. Protection Against Huge Repair Expenses A strong warranty gives you confidence that the manufacturer feels they have produced a quality product. If something fails on their furnace system, they are willing to stand behind it. 2. Value When Reselling Your Home Many warranties...

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What Does it Mean to be NATE Certified?

July 18, 2018

North American Technician Excellence (NATE) was founded in 1997 as a certification organization for technicians in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration industries. This NATE certified program is supported by the entire HVAC industry and when considering a contractor to provide services, it gives peace of mind to customers all over North America. Why NATE Certify In order to receive NATE certification, technicians must prove their knowledge in one or more specialty areas. They take exams developed by experts from all over the country. The tests are designed to validate the knowledge of the technicians who will need to prove that they have hands-on experience in the area they want to be certified. Some technicians will be certified in only one area and others will opt for multiple specialties. According to the NATE website testing is “rigorous, multiple choice and knowledge-based.” The specialties for which certification is available include; air condition and air distribution, heat pumps, gas heating and oil heating, ground source heat pump loop installer and Senior HVAC efficiency analyst. In the service only area, hydronics gas and hydronics oil, light commercial refrigeration, and commercial refrigeration are offered. NATE Certification Tests NATE Certification consists of more than...

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Heating Repair Services In Naperville Offer Many Benefits

March 28, 2017

Winters in Northern Illinois are often bitterly cold and the weather can turn bad quickly. It's important to have an efficient heat system that can handle the sudden cold snaps and long winter weather. To make sure your furnace is up to the task of keeping your home warm this winter, you should consider heating repair Naperville services. They can do many things for your home heat system.

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Tips For The Best Maintenance And Furnace Installation Naperville

February 27, 2017

Regular maintenance is the best way to keep furnaces operating at high levels, preventing breakage and extending the longevity of systems. Benefits included in scheduled care range from powerful performance and efficiency to affordable utility bills and home safety. With the right furnace installation Naperville residents will discover the best ways to manage the condition of heating appliances.

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