// What do you know about the air in your home?

    Here are some indoor air quality issues and preventative measures.

The Smell Test Isn’t Enough

Beware of carbon monoxide.


This odorless gas can slowly build up to hazardous levels in homes where insufficient combustion air is available to appliances that burn natural gas, propane, fuel oil or wood. Combustion appliances, such as furnaces, space heaters, fireplaces, stoves, water heaters and dryers, should be inspected and cleaned periodically for proper combustion and venting.

How house plants help clean the air.


Purify your stale air with house plants. They are powerful air filters. Certain plants can purge a room of up to 89 percent of harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs)* like formaldehyde.  Some of the best filtering plants?  Bamboo, Spider Plants, English Ivy and Reed Palm


* NASA Clean Air Study:


Vegetation Purification

Dealing with moisture in the aftermath of your bath.


Prevent mold and mildew growth by reducing moisture in your bathroom. Simply removing air with a bathroom fan can work wonders, while whole home dehumidifiers are an even better option if you experience persistent moisture problems in the bathroom or beyond. Tell-tale signs of poor humidity management include moisture condensation on windows or walls, stuffy air, dirty HVAC equipment, and moldy areas where books, smelly shoes or other items are stored.


~ Potential Solution: Whole Home Dehumidifier

Bathtub or Petri Dish?

Filter Forget-Me-Nots

The wisdom of regularly changing air filters.


Help your A/C and furnace work properly by regularly changing your HVAC system air filter, according to the manufacturer's instructions. A whole-house electronic or media air cleaner can significantly reduce unwanted particulates in your home’s air, helping to ensure efficient operation of your heating and cooling equipment.

Kryptonite for the Dust Mite

How humidity control sends dust mites packing.


Allergy-aggravating dust mites thrive in humid air. Your central air conditioner was designed to remove moisture while it cools your home. Make sure it’s working properly with a seasonal checkup from an HVAC technician. But if the humidity in your home is still higher than you’d like even when the room temperature is fine (72F, 21C), a whole home dehumidifier can further reduce humidity without affecting the home’s air temperature, making your home more comfortable for you and less hospitable for dust mites!


~ Potential Solution: Whole Home Dehumidifier

Use it, then lose it.


Source removal of contaminants is the first step to ensure your home’s indoor air quality. But some vacuum cleaners can actually add to indoor air pollution by spreading particulate matter around the home. Vacuum cleaners with true HEPA filtration or a “sealed-system” design can capture and retain harmful particulates so they can be permanently removed from your home.

Living in a Vacuum

If you can’t vent the heat, get out of the kitchen.


Cooking a meal on a gas stove can produce smoke and particulate levels that can be considered unsafe. Make sure the ventilation equipment above the cooktop is properly sized. It should move air out of the house, not re-circulate it. And do check with your HVAC dealer to be sure that your home can accommodate the size of your vent hood. Bigger is not always better when it comes to kitchen safety. If your range hood draws more air out of your house than it can naturally replace, your home may become depressurized, increasing the likelihood of carbon monoxide entering your home from certain types of fuel burning heating equipment.

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