Health & Safety Issues

Preparing for a New Baby? Don’t Forget These HVAC Tips

The joys of parenthood are numerous, and the tasks involved with baby-prepping a home are equally plentiful. Do you have a section on your list for HVAC tasks? From leak inspections to comfort system upgrades, expectant parents should do several things around the house before the baby arrives. Water Leak Inspection Inspect your home for…

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A Short Guide to Anode Rods in Water Heaters

Your tank-style water heater relies on an anode rod to keep working reliably. The anode rod screws into the top of the tank and protrudes into the water below. An anode rod measures up to 40 inches long, depending on the size of your appliance. Sacrificial anode rods should be replaced on a routine basis.…

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The Dangers of a Cracked Heat Exchanger

When your heat turns on, do you notice an odd chemical odor that reminds you of formaldehyde or preservatives? You may assume that something near your furnace just got too warm or that someone in your home spilled a cleaning solution, but the problem is likely much more serious. Chemical odors coming from your furnace…

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Are VOCs Lowering Your Air Quality and Putting Your Health at Risk?

There are numerous factors that influence indoor air quality, from humidity levels to the presence of dust mites. One class of compounds that can lower your air quality, yet often goes overlooked, is volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. VOCs are a group of chemicals that are released into the air by everything from building materials…

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UV Germicidal Lights: Are They Worth Installing in Your Central Air Conditioner?

There are plenty of add-ons and upgrades you can make to your central air conditioner that can improve its performance, as well as your home’s overall comfort. Among these are UV germicidal lights, which offer a highly effective way of controlling the spread of mold, bacteria and other harmful microorganisms throughout your air conditioning unit.…

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Heating Up: 7 Signs That Your Furnace Needs Repairs

When the weather gets cold, you rely on your furnace to keep your home comfortable and to prevent seasonal issues like burst pipes. However, because your furnace stays off for half the year, the unit can become damaged without your realizing it. When an issue arises with your unit, it’s important to schedule furnace repairs…

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Everything You Need to Know About the HCFC-22 Phase-Out

The government has known certain hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) contribute to the depletion of the ozone layer that protects Earth and its inhabitants from deadly solar radiation. As a result of decades of research and studies, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finally initiated a phase-out of HCFC-22 (also known as R-22), a refrigerant that’s frequently used in air…

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10 Common Water Quality And How to Address Them

Clean, clear water is important in any household. Unfortunately, many homeowners must work with tap water that tastes, looks, or smells abnormal. This water may pose a serious health hazard or simply create an inconvenience. In this blog, we discuss 10 of the most common water quality issues that homeowners face and how you can…

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Reduce Heating Costs and Gain Better Health With This

Dry air in your home is stealing moisture from your skin. What?! Yes, this is true. In the winter, when we are running our furnaces, the humidity in the average house can drop to as low as 5%. To put it in perspective, the Sahara Desert has a relative humidity of 25%. Having dry air…

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