How to Reduce the Indoor Dust In Your Home

If you’ve ever dusted your furniture only to have it be covered in dust again after a few hours, you know how frustrating indoor dust can be. Made up of millions of particles from a variety of sources, dust is impossible to eradicate completely. This is especially true when you consider that a large portion of dust is made up of dead skin cells, something your body is losing on a constant basis. Even though dust will always be a part of your Oak Harbor home, there are some steps that we at can offer to help you to keep the dust at bay. Here are a few ideas to help you get started. Use a High-Quality Furnace Filter One of your best allies in the fight against dust in your house is your HVAC system. As the system circulates air to condition it, the air is pulled through a filter that stops dust in its tracks. The types of dust that the filter can capture are determined by the filter’s MERV rating. MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. Essentially, this refers to how tightly wound the filter fibers are, which ultimately determines the size of particles that can...

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How to Maintain Great Indoor Air Quality During the Winter Months

As the winter months set in, getting cozy in a warm home is what most people look forward to. Even if you have a decent central air or heating system installed, your home’s heating comfort potential may not be as high as you thought. When was the last time you checked for leaks? How much electricity or fuel are you using? As you ask these questions and check your home, here are a few details to help you understand what it takes to maintain a comfortable, efficient heating system in the winter. Is Your Home Properly Sealed? In order to heat (or even cool) efficiently, a home needs to be well-sealed. This means covering up as many cracks, gaps, holes or other openings that can’t be sealed as easily as opening or closing a door or window. This doesn’t mean your home needs to become a sealed-off laboratory or hermetically sealed container — although you could make that happen with remodeling and the right materials. You just need to get rid of any gaps that allow outside air to critically interfere with inside air. What does critically interfere mean? The rate varies, but as a consumer, it means enough to...

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