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The Most Important Areas of Your Home to Ventilate

Lingering odors, stuffy rooms, germs and moisture problems — a lack of daily air exchange has very unpleasant side effects for your comfort and health. In fact, most homes harbor at least one serious indoor air quality (IAQ) issue, according to the EPA. With a little effort and the right ventilation strategy, you can bring a breath of fresh air to your home in the rooms that need it most. Breath of Fresh Air You may fiddle with the thermostat…

How to Start Improving Indoor Air Quality in Every Room

Considering the fact that the average American spends around 90 percent of each day indoors, it’s important to think about the quality of your indoor air. Polluted air can cause allergic reactions, respiratory ailments and discomfort in the form of headaches, congestion or nausea. Common sources of indoor air pollution include pet dander, mold, volatile organic compounds, mold and dust mites. Improving indoor air quality in every room in your home is easier than you think. Following is a guide to get you started. Bedrooms Pets. Avoid sleeping…

Are You Wasting Energy With Your Skylight?

Skylights are prized for their aesthetic value, brightening homes with natural light. They can also make a home feel warmer during the colder seasons via passive solar heating, and if they are the type that open, can provide beneficial ventilation. However, they can have drawbacks as well, including a detrimental effect on the overall energy efficiency of your home. So are you wasting energy with your skylight? Skylights can waste energy in several ways. Solar heat gain is often an…

Think Indoor Air Isn’t as Polluted as Outdoor Air? Think Again

Given the amount of vehicle traffic that contributes to bad air quality in San Diego, it’s easy to assume that indoor air pollution is minor compared to what’s outside. But in reality, the air you breathe indoors may be among the most toxic you encounter, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A recent nationwide study found that while 91 percent of survey respondents believe high air quality is essential for good health, 76 percent used products in their homes that degrade indoor…

Helpful Ways to Reduce Household Dust and Improve Indoor Air Quality

Given the San Diego area’s arid climate, some dust will inevitably find its way into your home. Because this common air contaminant lowers your indoor air quality, however, dust should never be ignored. There are plenty of simple ways to get rid of it. Stop Dust at Its Source Bed linens accumulate dust quickly, so wash yours once a week. Shake out your blankets weekly, too. If you have clothes that shed or collect dust, store them in boxes, drawers or garment…

5 Ways Excess Humidity Can Damage Your San Diego Home

In addition to the discomfort it can cause, excess humidity can also wreak havoc on your health and home. Here are five ways humidity damage can occur, and the steps you can take to prevent it from happening: Trouble Below Basements and crawlspaces are notoriously damp and are often humid, cool and dark. This, combined with moisture from the ground, can lead to condensation on walls, floors and other surfaces, leading ultimately to mold and mildew issues. Steps should be taken to…

Your New Tankless Water Heater: Venting Considerations

You did the homework, and decided to go with a tankless water heater for your upgrade or new build project. In either case, now that you’ve bought your new tankless water heater, venting considerations should be next on the agenda if the model you selected heats water with gas rather than electricity.…

Can’t Take The Heat In Your Attic? Consider The Benefits Of An Attic Fan

As the saying goes, “out of sight, out of mind.” However, don’t let this be your mentality when it comes to your attic. If your home seems overly hot or humid, the culprit may be an excess buildup of heat in your attic. Proper ventilation is key to your overall home comfort, so you might want to consider installing and using an attic fan.…