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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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How to Protect Your Home from Dust Mites

How to Protect Your Home from Dust Mites

Dust mites are the most common cause of indoor airborne allergies and they’re prevalent in almost all homes. Instead of using chemical controls, the best dust mite protection comes from indoor climate and environmental controls along with cleaning. When you need to lower the dust mite population, consider: Using your HVAC system. Filtration and humidity…

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What is an Air Exchange Rate?

A home’s HVAC system not only heats and cools, but a well-designed system also needs to meet a certain air exchange rate so there’s ample fresh air to maintain a comfortable, healthy indoor living environment. Why Air Exchange Rates Matter Homes today are tightly constructed and weatherized to limit energy losses. With our long cooling…

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How to Eliminate HVAC Odors

How to Eliminate HVAC Odors

While your air conditioner should be a source of comfort for your family, it can end up doing the opposite by emitting unusual and extremely offensive smells. Fortunately, you don’t have to resort to air fresheners to cover up these smells. Here are some handy tips for eliminating odors emanating from your A/C vents. Change…

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Boost Your IAQ with Indoor Plants

Boost Your IAQ with Indoor Plants

We’re fortunate in San Antonio that we can leave the windows open a good bit in fall, and even into the winter. But when temperatures fall, we close the windows, and if we’re concerned about running our HVAC systems efficiently, we seal up air leaks throughout the home. While making the home airtight may be…

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What’s the Difference Between Air Filtration and Air Cleaning? 

What's the Difference Between Air Filtration and Air Cleaning? 

It’s a mistake to assume that the standard air filter in your furnace, heat pump or air conditioner will guarantee clean and healthy indoor air. Unless the air filter is rated as high-efficiency, the filter probably won’t capture anything but the largest dust particles. While this will protect sensitive HVAC components, it won’t do much…

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HVAC Coil Corrosion Causes and Effects 

HVAC Coil Corrosion Causes and Effects 

You would think that since San Antonio is well away from the coast with its salt air, you don’t have to worry about HVAC coil corrosion. While our location can make the outdoor unit coil less prone to rusting out, corrosion can still cause adverse effects on your indoor coil, so it’s vital to understand…

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Fall Air Quality Concerns and Considerations in San Antonio

Fall Air Quality Concerns and Considerations in San Antonio

Although San Antonio appears to have been spared flooding from Hurricane Harvey’s widespread rain bands, we were watchful as we usually are during these events, since our city is no stranger to floods. Heavy precipitation brings problems in many forms besides water damage, however. Air quality concerns such as mold are among them. As late…

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How Painting Affects Indoor Air Quality

How Painting Affects Indoor Air Quality

A fresh coat of paint can breathe new life into a room, but its effects on air quality aren’t so attractive. In the warm San Antonio area, it’s easy to assume leaving a window open while painting is enough to mitigate any negative health effects, but this isn’t always the case. The Danger in Paint…

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