Indoor Air Quality Articles

How Can Your HVAC Equipment Help Protect Against Coronavirus?

March 13, 2020
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The spread of coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) has all of us greatly concerned in Colorado. At Balance Point Heating & Air Conditioning, our top priority is the health and safety of you and your loved ones. We take great pride in selling indoor air quality products to Loveland homes and businesses that are energy-efficient, environmentally…

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Why You Need Whole-House Humidity Control?

March 12, 2020

Everyone knows temperature plays an important role in comfort. When the weather gets chilly, you automatically adjust your furnace or heating system. And the air conditioner tends to be center stage in the heat of the summer. However, it’s important to realize humidity levels play just as much of a leading role in your Colorado home.…

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What Accessories Can Help With My Indoor Air Quality?

December 31, 2019

In modern society, average adults spend nearly all their time indoors at work or at home. In fact the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports this amount of time reaches upwards of 90 percent for most people. That puts the importance of good indoor air quality at a whole new level. Our Balance Point Heating…

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Furnace Fan Setting: On vs. Auto

December 14, 2017

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Fall Indoor Air Quality

October 26, 2017

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Managing Humidity in Your Fort Collins Home

March 28, 2017

Keeping Your Home Comfortable Humidity is a major player in home comfort and your air conditioner and dehumidifier can play large parts in helping you manage the level of humidity in your home. If you have a well maintained air conditioner that is functioning properly it will remove the humidity from your home. If your…

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Using an Air Cleaner in Fort Collins

February 9, 2017

The air we breath is just as important to our health as the food we eat or the beverages we drink. Your Fort Collins air quality is one of the most important and yet least thought about contributors to our health and well being. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, your indoor air can be…

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IAQ in Fort Collins: Air Cleaners v. Air Purifiers

December 13, 2016

When trying to improve the indoor air quality in your Fort Collins home, you may consider installing an air cleaner or air purifier. These devices filter unwanted contaminants out of your home’s air—allowing you to breathe easier and healthier air. But, how do you know what the difference is between air cleaners and air purifier…

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When Do I Need to Change My Air Filters?

November 28, 2016

Air filters are used to keep the air in your Fort Collins home or office clean and to keep your furnace or air conditioner clean. Dirt from the air can clog your air filter and cause your appliances to work double time to get air through your home. This extra effort can cause some serious…

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Duct Cleaning for Healthy Indoor Air

September 9, 2016

In Fort Collins, we take your indoor air quality seriously. According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) you should consider having your ducts cleaned if you say yes to one or all of these criteria. If you have visible mold growth inside your ducts or other parts of your heating and cooling systems. You may…

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Allergies and Duct Cleaning

April 21, 2016

Allergy season is upon us! One way to combat the causes and symptoms of allergies this year is to get your air ducts cleaned. Allergens are all around us and in the spring as the trees pollinate often we consider remaining indoors to avoid the cause, but in some cases this is like getting out…

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When Should I Consider My Indoor Air Quality?

November 16, 2015

According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) you should consider having your air cleaned if you say yes to one or all of these criteria. If you have visible mold growth inside your ducts or other parts of your heating and cooling systems. You may not be able to easily inspect this because many sections…

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What is Carbon Monoxide and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

September 25, 2015

A Balance Point Heating and Cooling we take Indoor Air Quality and Carbon Monoxide very seriously. What is Carbon Monoxide? Carbon monoxide is a poisonous, odorless, tasteless gas. It is formed by the incomplete combustion of carbon, or the incomplete burning of natural gas and other things that contain carbon. It can often be mixed…

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Ways to Decrease Household Pollutants and Improve Indoor Air Quality

August 27, 2015

Fort Collins residents spend most of their time indoors like the majority of Americans. And when nearly a third of all Americans experience allergies and almost one in 10 suffers from asthma, that makes controlling indoor allergens a high priority for many. If you’re interested in improving indoor air quality in your home, try some of…

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Why Do I Need a Humidifier?

August 15, 2015

A humidifier is a device that emits water vapor to increase the humidity in your home. A humidifier battles the symptoms associated with cold weather. It can provide relief for chest congestion or sinusitis, heal chapped skin, help heal colds and allergies faster and it can even prevent nosebleeds and snoring. There are more benefits…

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What Should Your HVAC Technician Do During Regular A/C Maintenance?

August 6, 2015

Scheduling annual maintenance appointments for your air conditioner is vital for to ensure the system stays in optimal condition for as long as possible. An A/C that’s well cared for experiences fewer breakdowns and is also more energy efficient, which means your monthly utility costs will be less. Your home will feel more comfortable and…

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Can Problems With Your Ducts Cause Poor Indoor Air Quality?

July 28, 2015

Leaky ducts can result in substantial energy loss and force your HVAC equipment to work harder than necessary. That’s not the only issue with bad ducts. Indoor air quality also can suffer when ductwork isn’t tightly connected or sealed. The following are four ways leaky ducts can erode the air quality in your Fort Collins home.…

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Why Is Indoor Air Quality Important?

July 15, 2015

Why is indoor air quality important? People spend 90% of their time indoors. Indoor air can be 2 to 5 times more polluted than outside air. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has indoor air quality ranked as one of the top 5 environmental dangers. It is linked to severe asthma and allergy development in children…

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Indoor Air Pollution: Is It Really Worse Than Outdoor Air?

June 25, 2015

The link between serious health ailments and poor air quality is sound. A number of cancers have been linked to unsafe environmental hazards, such as pollutants and toxins in the air we breathe. Yet, in a recent survey, most people were unaware that the average home’s indoor air pollution was two to five times more polluted…

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Air Cleaners: How to Choose the Right One for Your Home

June 23, 2015

Today’s new homes are constructed using energy efficient building science and materials. Modern building science reduces air infiltration for greater comfort and energy savings, but it also encapsulates pollutants. Older homes with efficiency upgrades encounter the same indoor air quality (IAQ) problems. Removing pollutants and toxic substances in tight homes is essential to achieving healthy IAQ.…

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6 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality and Reduce Household Dust

May 19, 2015

The air in your home is dirtier than you realize — more so, even, than the air outdoors. For allergy and asthma sufferers or anyone else who wants to breathe clean, healthy air, this can be a problem. How do you eliminate these contaminants and improve indoor air quality? How to Improve Indoor Air Quality Change…

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A Healthy Home Starts With Clean, Healthy Air

April 23, 2015

You want your home to be a safe, healthy place for your family. Unfortunately, there are health risks that you may not be aware of. Did you know the air in your home is many times more polluted than the air outdoors? Fortunately, there are steps you can take to correct it. Here are five things…

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Easy Ways to Control Pet Allergens in Your Fort Collins Home

April 14, 2015

The emotional and physical benefits of owning a pet are well-known, but for people allergic to animals, there are other health concerns that need to be taken into account. Pet hair and skin cells, as well as fleas and other parasites, can all cause allergic reactions – and if you have allergies, or have friends…

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How Can UV Germicidal Lights Prevent Household Mold Growth?

March 31, 2015

Besides keeping your home comfortable year-round, your HVAC system can also prevent mold growth if you install UV germicidal lights. Ultraviolet is the wavelength of sunshine that sanitizes our outdoor environment. Using this spectrum of light indoors to prevent widespread mold growth can eliminate any hazards associated with using harsh cleaning chemicals. When UV rays hit bacteria, viruses and mold spores, their DNA…

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How Can Whole-Home Humidifiers Benefit Your Health?

March 26, 2015

During the winter, your home’s indoor air can become uncomfortably dry due to low humidity. Noses, throats, skin and sinuses can dry out, resulting in respiratory and other health problems. Fortunately, increasing home humidity levels with a portable or whole-home humidifier can help prevent these problems and raise your comfort level. Low Humidity in Your Home Low…

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Extend Your HVAC System’s Lifespan with Frequent Filter Changes

March 17, 2015

Being a responsible homeowner means taking charge of regular maintenance tasks. If these are delayed, you might end up with an expensive system break down. Your HVAC system requires regular maintenance, and no task is more important than frequent filter changes. Dirty Air Filters and Pressure Drop Most homes have an HVAC system — be it a furnace,…

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Use an Air Cleaner to Keep These Indoor Allergy Triggers at Bay

March 5, 2015

Spring is almost here! Unfortunately, when you go inside to escape spring allergens, you have to deal with indoor allergens that can hamper your enjoyment of the warmer weather. Fortunately, an air cleaner can effectively remove allergy triggers in your home and help your family breathe easier during seasonal transitions. Indoor Allergy Triggers Outdoor allergens, like pollen and dirt, can cause…

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Top Causes of Household Mold to Watch Out For

February 24, 2015

Mold isn’t an issue most people think about in their houses until they spot some during an inspection or repair job. However, household mold is a serious concern, and it’s something you should stay on the lookout for. While there are lots of ways mold can grow in your home, there are some that are more common…

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Simple Ways to Reduce Dust Buildup in Your Fort Collins Home

February 12, 2015

For most Northern Colorado homeowners, winter means buttoning up your home against the cold, blustery weather and spending more time indoors. But the very steps you take to make your home more comfortable can lead to dust buildup, affecting indoor air quality and possibly triggering allergy and other respiratory problems. Unfortunately, dust is everywhere, no matter how…

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How to Select the Best Furnace Filter for Indoor Air Quality

February 5, 2015

Regularly changing the air filter in your HVAC system is a quick and simple task. However, many homeowners don’t replace their filter on a set schedule. The air quality of your home can be significantly reduced by running your system with a dirty filter. Anyone in your household suffering from allergies may experience increased symptoms.…

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Steps to Take When Checking Furnace Ducts for Blockage

January 29, 2015

Restricted airflow can cause cold spots in your Fort Collins home, making your furnace ineffective. If you’re experiencing restricted airflow, check your furnace ducts for blockage. There are many reasons why your furnace may not be functioning properly, so to keep your home comfortable, make sure to schedule an inspection of your heating system. General Inspection of Ductwork To…

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Simple Ways to Maintain Indoor Air Quality During the Winter

January 22, 2015

Winter in Colorado can be brutal, translating to months behind closed doors with the furnace running. Are you tired of breathing recycled air, or are you starting to feel some negative health effects? You can use these tips to help maintain indoor air quality during the winter. Use an Air Cleaner Portable or built-in air cleaners…

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5 Surprising Sources of Indoor Air Pollution in Your Fort Collins Home

December 30, 2014

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, outdoor air is two to five times less polluted than indoor air. While smog, carbon monoxide and ozone are obvious causes of outdoor air pollution, sources of indoor air pollution are not as well-known. Here are five surprising sources of indoor air pollution. Paint The U.S. banned the use of lead paint…

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Don’t Neglect Your Furnace Filter: Tips on What Type to Buy

November 13, 2014

Dust, pollen and other particles in the air are the cause of everything from allergies to inefficient or broken heating and cooling systems. When you operate your furnace during the winter, your furnace filter helps get rid of the airborne particles that can cause problems. You may have not thought much about furnace filters in…

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Don’t Let Winter Allergens Taint the Indoor Air of Your Colorado Home

November 11, 2014

When the sun starts setting earlier and the temperature starts to cool down, that means that cold weather is right around the corner. While many people in warm climates are likely welcoming the change, people that suffer from winter allergies may not be looking forward to the cold season so much. If you’re one of…

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Quality Indoor Air Quality — How to Get It and How to Keep It

September 16, 2014

The air in your Fort Collins area home is important to the overall comfort and health of you and your family. Unfortunately, common everyday items can leave the air inside your home less then desirable. In fact, poor indoor air quality can lead to severe and potentially dangerous health problems including respiratory complications and allergy…

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Dust Is a Downer — Ways to Reduce Dust in Your Home

September 9, 2014

When you are seeking ways to improve your indoor air quality (IAQ) by reducing airborne dust particulates, following some general guidelines can help maximize your efforts to reduce dust and increase the comfort of your home. While it may be obvious when dust begins to collect on table tops or other surfaces that it is…

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Plant the Seeds of Good IAQ — 10 Plants That Improve the Air

August 26, 2014

Without plants, humans and other animals on Earth wouldn’t be able to survive. Not only do plants provide breathable oxygen, but they help filter out toxins in the air. Indoor air can be ten times as toxic as outside air due to things like cleaning supplies, building materials, pesticides, hobby materials, office equipment and even…

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Overloading Your A/C Is Easy But Not Helpful — Ways to Lighten the Load

July 29, 2014

Even if your Fort Collins home has a highly-efficient air conditioner, how it is used, how it is maintained and the overall condition of the home itself can influence the efficiency of the system and how much you pay for cooling every month. With the following tips you can learn ways to avoid overloading your…

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Air Cleaning With 3 Types of Technology

July 10, 2014

Tightly insulated modern homes provide homeowners the benefits of energy efficiency yet tend to trap and accumulate indoor pollutants, leading to poor indoor air quality (IAQ). Air cleaning devices utilizing three main types of technology can increase the comfort of your home by improving IAQ while increasing the efficiency of your HVAC system. The most…

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The Best Air Filter for Your Home: What to Look For

June 26, 2014

Although sometimes easy to overlook, one of the simplest and least expensive ways to improve the air quality and increase the energy efficiency of your Fort Collins home is to replace the dirty air filter in your heating/cooling system. Proper air filter maintenance includes monthly inspections and replacement when filters become visibly dirty. If you…

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The Pros and Cons of Professional Ductless Mini Split Installation

May 29, 2014

Are you looking for a way to cool your home while improving indoor air quality (IAQ)? Ductless mini split systems offer an ideal solution. These systems are energy-efficient and can be retrofitted into nearly any building. Cons of Professional Installation There are no disadvantages to having a professional complete the ductless mini split installation process,…

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Springtime Allergies: Don’t Be Overwhelmed

May 13, 2014

Spring is such a beautiful time of year. The trees are starting to sprout their leaves and flowers are in bloom. The weather outside can feel downright comfortable, especially after a hard winter of snow and gray skies. However the new season brings along an unwelcome counterpart, springtime allergies. Everything from pollen, mold, dust and…

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Changing the Air Filter Is Easy, Right? Yes, but There’s More to Know

May 8, 2014

The air filter in your HVAC system is the only thing standing between a wide assortment of airborne contaminants and your family’s breathing air. Indoor air pollution is composed of not only the common dust particles you can see, but invisible microorganisms like mold spores and bacteria, as well as pet dander, lint and even…

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Learn How Your Yard’s Landscaping Can Help Your HVAC System

April 17, 2014

Before the advent of modern HVAC systems, plants contributed to “natural” heating and cooling methods. Certain plants were selected for their siting, shading and screening benefits to help mitigate extreme temperatures, which kept families more comfortable. The same principles apply today. Did you know you can save money on your utility bills by designing your yard’s landscaping to work…

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Maintain Your Generator So That It Will Work Whenever You Need It

April 8, 2014

Up here in Larimer County, we’re strongly affected by weather conditions created in the foothills of the Rockies’ northern Front Range. Climatic extremes are no time to be without power. The answer is a generator. Like all machinery, though, it will need ongoing testing and service. Without a regular routine to maintain your generator, there’s no guarantee…

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Put Duct Sealing on Your Home Maintenance Checklist for Spring

April 3, 2014

With spring in the air, many of us have begun developing a spring cleaning plan of attack. Weeds may be removed, closets may be rearranged or whole rooms may get revamped as we welcome in the new season. With all of the tidying up that will be going on around your home, it may be…

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Houseplants are Natural Air Cleaners and Work Well with Your HVAC

April 1, 2014

Everyone expects to have clean and healthy air in their own homes. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Factors such as radon, carbon monoxide, and mildew can cause sickness or even death. Humidity levels that are too high or too low will make your family uncomfortable, but can also aggravate allergies and asthma. Your HVAC…

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Why a Better Air Filter Makes Sense in Your Fort Collins HVAC System

March 20, 2014

Fort Collins can experience some brutal winters and hot summer days. Your HVAC unit gets a workout on the High Plains with our windy and dusty conditions. Using better air filters and keeping the unit maintained can ensure that it keeps functioning through the ever-changing weather. More efficient air filters do a better job of…

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An Efficient Furnace Demands an Efficient Home to Make It Worth Your Investment

March 6, 2014

As a longtime heating and cooling company, Balance Point is always eager to help clients find the most efficient furnace or related products and services at affordable prices. Our services go way beyond installation – we want to offer our expertise in improving the air quality and overall efficiency of your home. After all, having…

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Tight Ductwork: Just What the Doctor Ordered for Greater Savings

February 27, 2014

Maintaining the integrity of the ductwork in your Fort Collins home is paramount for your comfort in the coming winter months. Having tight ductwork will not only keep your home a stable, comfortable temperature, but it can save you a considerable amount of money on your heating and electric bills, and ultimately make your house more environmentally friendly…

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Benefits of Exhaust Fans While You’re Cooped Up in the Wintertime

February 18, 2014

It seems counterintuitive to spend time and money sealing your home to prevent heat loss, and then installing exhaust fans in critical areas to move air out of your Fort Collins-area home. But these fans serve a healthful purpose. Benefits Exhaust fans do more than eliminate evidence of the occasional burnt pot roast: Remove pet odors,…

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Air Purification Systems: A Wintertime Breath of Fresh Air

February 13, 2014

Winter is a time when you want your Fort Collins home to be as warm and cozy as possible. But your home’s warmth should never get in the way of its indoor air quality. Bacteria, viruses, pollen, dust and other airborne pollutants make the air inside your home two to five times more polluted than…

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Ductless Mini Splits Come in Several Types

January 7, 2014

Ductless mini splits are available in many types, offering home and business owners high-efficiency heating and cooling solutions to meet the demands of practically any remodeling, new addition, whole-home or simple space air-conditioning project. Discover the multitude of mounting options afforded by ductless single-, multi- and flex-zoned configurations, and how going ductless is a wise…

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Your UV Lights Need to Be Bright to Do Their Job

January 2, 2014

Ultraviolet lights in HVAC systems are installed to help eliminate allergens and organic pollutants in the air. The lights accomplish this by destroying the DNA of the organisms that are drawn through the system. UV lights naturally lose some effectiveness over time and thus keeping up with maintenance is as important as any other HVAC system…

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Mold Is Tough to Get Rid Of

December 19, 2013

The presence of mold in your house during the winter months can compromise the health and well-being of your family, especially if particular members have allergies to it. That is why it is essential to eradicate the source of the problem as quickly as possible. The right environment has to be created in order for spores to…

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Your Highly Efficient Air Cleaner: That Little Houseplant?

November 7, 2013

You put a lot of effort into keeping your home clean and presentable. You regularly sweep, dust and scrub. But as appealing as your home looks, it’s likely that the indoor air harbors invisible contaminants–from the fumes emitted when you’re cooking to the vapors you bring home with your dry cleaning. If air contaminants are allowed…

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Air Cleaner Shopping Guide: 3 Features You May Want to Look For

October 17, 2013

Not all air cleaners are built the same, as is demonstrated by the dizzying array of abbreviated ratings consumers are faced with when evaluating product descriptions. But what do these abbreviations mean? How are you to know which filter is best for your home and family? This guide will take some of the mystery out…

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Your Indoor Air Quality May Need Evaluating

October 10, 2013

Of all the factors that can compromise indoor air quality, experts generally agree that the three most important to address are carbon monoxide, radon and mold. These contaminants can present dangers to your family’s health if left unchecked, but are also easily prevented with the proper equipment and care. Radon Radon is a radioactive gas…

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Air Filter Ratings: What They Really Mean

September 26, 2013

Efficiency ratings for HVAC air filters are based on the MERV scale, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, created by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers. The MERV scale runs from 1 to 16 for residential filters, and the numbers correspond to the minimum particle size the filter can capture, with 1 being the least…

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Aim for Balanced Humidity in Your Fort Collins Home

September 24, 2013

Maintaining balanced humidity in your Fort Collins home is as important during the summer as it is during the winter. Experts recommend that homeowners keep their humidity levels between 30 to 50 percent for maximum comfort. High humidity levels can create conditions that lead to mold, mildew and the proliferation of dust mites. Mold forms…

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Air Filters: All You Need to Know

September 17, 2013

All HVAC systems should have air filters to improve indoor air quality and protect heating and cooling equipment from harmful dust buildup. Of course optimal filter performance requires some effort on your part. Here’s a guide with everything you need to know about air filters. Choosing an air filter All filters earn a Minimum Efficiency…

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Dust Is Everywhere: What Can You Do About It?

September 12, 2013

Dust is everywhere, and it can be a problem in some homes. What is dust? Analyses show that in most homes it’s composed of a number of particles, from fabric fibers, to skin cells, to pet dander and insect particles as well as ordinary road dust. For some homeowners, breathing it in can cause long-term…

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Allergies Got You Down? 5 Tips for Fighting Back

September 10, 2013

Allergies of any kind tend to significantly reduce the quality of life for those afflicted with them. While there is little you can do to make your body stop reacting to allergens, there is a lot that can be done to reduce the amount of allergens in your home. Your home should not be a…

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UV Lights: Here’s What They Can Do for Your Indoor Air Quality

August 27, 2013

Achieving a good level of indoor air quality isn’t really as tough as it sounds, as long as you know how to do it. Ultraviolet lights, for example, have shown tremendous results in eliminating organic pollutants in the air. For cleaner, fresher air in your Fort Collins area home, installation of these high-intensity lights is…

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Carbon Monoxide Detection: Where Your Pro Will Look If a Leak’s Suspected

August 6, 2013

You probably have smoke alarms in various locations throughout your home. But do you also have carbon monoxide detectors? These devices are essential for any home, as they keep you and your family safe from carbon monoxide poisoning. CO is dangerous because it has no color, taste or odor. CO poisoning, moreover, can be confused…

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Solar Attic Fans — An Affordable Method of Summer Ventilation

August 1, 2013

A properly vented attic keeps your home cooler while lowering your utility bills and combating condensation buildup, which can lead to mold, mildew and rot. Attic ventilation creates constant air circulation throughout the space and helps to dissipate moisture. Electric attic fans and passive ventilation have traditionally been used. But solar attic fans can function…

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Seal Air Leaks to Keep the Conditioned Air You’re Paying For Inside Your Fort Collins Home

July 30, 2013

It can cost big bucks to keep a Fort Collins home cool in the summer. And because of that you might be hesitant to turn down the thermostat if you’re not as comfortable as you’d like to be. But did you ever stop to think that the air conditioner might not be the problem? Air…

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Air Conditioner Filters: MERV Ratings Explained

July 4, 2013

Colorado is blessed with big skies and a beautiful climate, but as is the case in other regions of the United States, we need our air conditioners in the summer. A well maintained air conditioner can provide many years of dependable service. You should have your system tuned-up at the beginning of the cooling season. After…

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Attic Fans and Whole-House Fans: What’s the Difference?

July 2, 2013

As much as we rely on our air conditioners here in Colorado, fans can serve a highly useful purpose. A ceiling fan, for example, can work in tandem with your air conditioner to hold down your cooling costs and keep you comfortable. In fact, you might be looking for other ways fan systems can thwart…

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5 No-Nonsense Ways to Optimize Your Indoor Air Quality

June 18, 2013

You keep your family members healthy by making sure they get the right foods, sufficient exercise and enough sleep at night. But is the air that they breathe as healthy as it can be? It’s a sad fact that the air in many homes is filled with contaminants. Fortunately, there are many things that you…

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Working Toward Ideal Air Quality in Every Room of Your Fort Collins Home

June 4, 2013

In addition to gorgeous scenery, Colorado has some of the cleanest air in the United States. Anyone who enjoys the outdoors knows this very well. Unfortunately, the air in many Colorado homes isn’t nearly as healthy. There are varied reasons for poor indoor air quality. Today’s homes are generally well-sealed and insulated for energy efficiency,…

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Ensuring Optimal Air Quality In The Home You’re About To Build Or Remodel

April 30, 2013

If you’re building a home in greater Fort Collins or remodeling the one you have, now’s the time to address the issue of pollutants that could compromise your ability to achieve optimal air quality in your new construction. Don’t overlook this opportunity to improve your air quality, along with the aesthetics of your home. Learn the…

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Let An Air Purification System Advance Indoor Air Quality

February 21, 2013

Most homes harbor contaminants that affect indoor-air quality, aggravating the respiratory systems of those who have allergies and even interfering with the breathing of those who are healthy. An air-purification system can address the gamut of contaminants in a home, released by furnishings, paints, cleaning products and more. Using three advanced technologies, air-purification systems can…

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Furnace Filter: Get The Straight Facts Here

January 15, 2013

You probably know that your furnace filter is an important component of your system. But along with many other homeowners, you might be at a loss when it comes to understanding exactly why filter maintenance is so crucial. Take this opportunity to educate yourself about the all-important filter in your furnace. The role of the…

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