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The Benefits of Using Wi-Fi (Smart) Thermostats

Wi-Fi, or “smart” thermostats have many benefits over non-programmable thermostats as well as “programmable” thermostats that do not connect to the Internet. Like non-Wi-Fi programmable thermostats, they reduce your energy costs by allowing you to vary your temperature settings for various times of the day and/or days of the week. For example, in the winter […]

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What Are the Different Types of Portable Humidifiers?

Recently we wrote about the benefits of whole house humidifiers. They make sense if your entire home is dry for several months of the year. They are easy to operate. Since they draw water from your plumbing system, there is no need to fill them with water. They are also quiet, cost only pennies a […]

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Improving Indoor Air Quality in the Winter

With winter here, you are undoubtedly spending more time indoors to stay warm. And you’ve probably done a good job insulating your home and sealing windows and doors.  That keeps your home warmer and lowers your heating bills. But that also limits the amount of fresh air circulating in your home. Moreover, that air will […]

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10 Reasons You Should Install a Humidifier

“It’s not the heat; it’s the humidity” is what people say when they complain about uncomfortable heat in the summer. But when the weather turns cold, an appropriate level of humidity in the home is a good thing because it can improve your health and your comfort.  In other words: “It’s not just the cold; […]

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How to Choose a Whole House Humidifier

Winter not only means frigid air outside, but it also means dry air inside due to lack of humidity. That dry air can give you a scratchy throat and scratchy skin. It can also damage your floors and furniture. Not to mention those occasional jolts of static electricity. One important way to solve those problems […]

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A Dozen Tips for Improving Indoor Air Quality in the Summer

It’s hot out there. And that extreme heat not only is uncomfortable, but it also threatens the air quality in your home. Here’s how: Heat creates stagnant air, increasing pollutants that can enter your home. Heat also generates airborne particles and gas pollutants such as carbon dioxide. Warmer temperatures cause flowers and plants to bloom […]

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Sources of Poor Indoor Air Quality, and How to Improve It

Did you know that the average American spends about 90% of their time indoors where the concentration of indoor air pollution is two to five times higher than outdoor concentrations? Poor indoor air quality can lead to several health issues, especially for family members who suffer from asthma, allergies, and other respiratory illnesses. In our […]

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The Benefits of Ductwork Repair

Your ductwork plays a critical role in your home. You rely on your home’s ducts to distribute air to properly heat and cool it, and to make sure the air is clean and pure. If there is a problem with the ductwork and you need a ductwork repair, not only will it impact the ability […]

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How to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Your Home

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a naturally occurring gas referred to as the “silent killer” because it’s odorless, tasteless, and colorless and can cause serious health issues and even death. CO is responsible for killing 400 Americans each year and sending more than 20,000 people to the emergency room. It’s important to ensure that your home […]

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Air Duct Cleaning Tips for Homeowners

They are generally hidden away behind walls or ceilings, or in your furnace room or attic. You don’t think about your home’s air ducts, but they are essential in making sure your home stays warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Air duct cleaning has never been proven to prevent health problems.  However, […]

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How Does a Whole House Humidifier Work?

November 18, 2022

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