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Detoxify Your Home With These 10 Plants

Detoxify Your Home With These 10 PlantsAre you concerned about indoor pollutants, “sick building syndrome” or poor air quality? You might be surprised to learn that some houseplants have been found to absorb toxins like formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethelyne.

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Wide Array of Air Filters Is Available: Choose the Best for Your Home

Wide Array of Air Filters Is Available: Choose the Best for Your HomeYour air filter performs two very important roles in your home HVAC system: it protects the internal workings of your furnace and air conditioner from dust, dander, mold spores, and other debris which could build up and impair operation, and it boosts your indoor air quality by removing those particulates from your air supply. But with all the air filters on the market, which do you choose?

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Springtime Allergies Tough on Your Household? Get Them Under Control

Springtime Allergies Tough on Your Household? Get Them Under ControlOne in five Americans suffers allergies or asthma symptoms, which means that even if your household has escaped, there’s a good chance that some of the house guests you invite in may be sufferers. Springtime allergies may be an an inescapable part of this time of year, but you can control how they affect your home life by following these rules:

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Don’t Forget Duct Cleaning this Spring

Don't Forget Duct Cleaning this SpringWhen the irresistible pull of spring cleaning your Traverse City-area home strikes, you may find yourself on your hands and knees, up ladders, or buried in closets. Amid all the cleaning, do not neglect your home’s ductwork. 

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Spring is the Perfect Time to Reverse Your Ceiling Fan

Spring is the Perfect Time to Reverse Your Ceiling FanCeiling fans offer homeowners elegant interior accents to spruce up any room. Your ceiling fan also provides a practical and comfortable way to save energy this spring when you reverse your ceiling fan direction from the wintertime setting. Read on to find out how.

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Outside Help: Use Your Landscaping to Boost Your Home’s Efficiency

Outside Help: Use Your Landscaping to Boost Your Home's EfficiencyIt’s not uncommon to think that the inside of your home and the outside of your home are separate entities. You insulate your walls to keep them separate, and you run your HVAC unit to keep the temperatures distinct. However, with certain landscaping, the inside and outside can work together to make your home more efficient.

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10 Houseplants You Can Use as Air Purifiers in Your Home

10 Houseplants You Can Use as Air Purifiers in Your HomeAlthough many homeowners turn to air cleaners, UV lights, and other such effective  methods to purify their air, there’s one effective element that’s often forgotten: houseplants. Whether you have a green thumb or not, having a few plants in your home will improve your indoor air quality by fighting against certain chemicals in your air. Here are 10 houseplants that we recommend:

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Did You Know that UV Lights Help Kill Bacteria and Germs?

Did You Know that UV Lights Help Kill Bacteria and Germs?We’re all susceptible to the bacteria and germs that populate our air, but many of us don’t know how to eliminate the problem. Many homeworkers have adopted the trend of installing UV lights and they’re showing miraculous results.

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Signs Your Ductwork Has Seen Better Days

Signs Your Ductwork Has Seen Better DaysYour Grand Traverse County home’s ductwork is an essential component of your heating, cooling, and ventilation system. Air ducts left to age and wear out become defective and cause a whole host of problems including increased energy costs, poor quality indoor air, and spotty, inconsistent indoor heating and cooling. If you suspect that defective ductwork is costing you, take note of the following procedures, signs, and fixes.

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Learn Why and When You Should Change the Air Filter in Your Home

Learn Why and When You Should Change the Air Filter in Your HomeRegularly changing the air filter or filters in your Grand Traverse County-area home’s heating/cooling system may seem like a fairly insignificant task but it’s one that holds great importance. Experts advise that you should check your filters’ cleanliness on a monthly basis and that you should replace them when dirty if they’re the disposable type, which most are. If you’re using a reusable air filter it should still be inspected monthly and cleaned when necessary which, for both air filter types, should generally be about every two to three months at most.

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