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Ways to Combat Fall Allergies with Your HVAC System

San Antonio in 2018 received the dubious honor of being a fall “allergy capital” for its high pollen and mold counts, its high frequency of allergy medication usage, and its ready availability of board-certified allergists. That year, the city came in fourth in the report, with above average scores in all these areas. Don’t expect…

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Preventing Mold in Your HVAC During Mold Awareness Month

In keeping with Mold Awareness Month, we’re highlighting a few ways that mold contamination may affect your HVAC system. Certain types of mold growth in a house can be toxic to residents continuously exposed to it. Mold contamination generally spreads by releasing microscopic airborne spores into the indoor environment. Because the air inside your house…

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Addressing Your IAQ Concerns When It Comes to New Flooring

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Though we seldom think of it, everything manufactured that we bring into our homes has some effect on the home’s environment. In most cases, that means IAQ concerns. IAQ, or indoor air quality, isn’t always on our radar, but it should be. One key area of concern is new flooring. Carpet and Rugs Carpet and…

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Salt Lamps: How They Really Perform When it Comes to Air Purification

Salt Lamps: How They Really Perform When it Comes to Air Purification

Salt lamps have gained popularity across the U.S. in the past few years. They’re not only seen as stylish home design elements, but they’re also promoted as air purification tools that can alleviate respiratory conditions, improve mood and provide a more restful sleep. Understanding what salt lamps are and how they perform as air purifiers…

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Valentine’s Day IAQ Concerns

Valentine's Day IAQ Concerns

While it might be a stretch to claim that Valentine’s Day indoor air quality issues are any worse than those for any other holiday, this traditional gift-giving day can help us focus on some IAQ issues that may affect your home anytime. Let’s look at some of the IAQ concerns that may arise during the…

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Does Wood-Burning Affect Indoor Air Quality

Does Wood-Burning Affect Indoor Air Quality

If your home is older, it may have a wood burning fireplace or stove that you use for supplemental heat or ambience. While wood is a natural and renewable fuel, it can lower your indoor air quality (IAQ). Nearly everything that burns has byproducts, and wood is no different. It releases carbon monoxide (CO), particulates,…

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Preparing Your HVAC for the Holidays

Preparing Your HVAC for the Holidays

The holidays are a glorious time of the year for the entire family, but they also represent the need for proper home comfort throughout the winter season. Whether you’re hosting parties, enjoying family time, or going on vacation, here are some simple holiday HVAC concerns that you should tackle: Reach Out to a Qualified Technician…

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How Air Fresheners Affect Your IAQ

How Air Fresheners Affect Your IAQ

Watch any TV and you’ll see advertisers show air freshener effects as entirely beneficial with pleasing scents suggesting clean air wafting through the home. In reality, the air is very different, especially with prolonged use of air fresheners. Nearly all of these products pose serious health hazards because of the chemicals they contain. Aerosol, wick,…

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How to Counter Fall Indoor Air Quality Concerns

How to Counter Fall Indoor Air Quality Concerns

In Texas, it seems as if we have to endure one seasonal allergy after another, and fall is no exception. Unfortunately, we sometimes have to experience those allergies even when we’re indoors, as pollen can waft inside when we open the door, or be carried inside on clothing or on pets. Too bad, because fall…

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Steps for an Allergy-Free Fall

Steps for an Allergy-Free Fall

If you suffer from allergies, chances are you will never totally eliminate your exposure to the substances that may be making you sneeze, sniffle, cough and wheeze. And as fall looms, you can expect to react to a new round of pollen from fall-blooming trees, flowers and grasses. Fortunately, there are several things you can…

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