air quality

Remove Your Shoes Before Entering a Home to Prevent Dirt and Disease

Remove Your Shoes Before Entering a Home to Prevent Dirt and Disease - Service Champions

In other countries and cultures, such as Japan, it is required that you take your shoes off at the door and put slippers on before entering the living space. This takes place in many schools and public places as well. You might think this makes perfect sense in a Japanese context since Japanese homes have floor pillows, tatami mats, and futons

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What Is a Micron and How Does It Relate to Air Quality?

What Is a Micron and How Does It Relate to Air Quality? - Service Champions

If you’ve been shopping around for air filters or air purifiers to improve indoor air quality, you’ve probably read or heard the phrase, “Removes particles as small as (insert number here) microns.” But what does that really mean? What is a micron and why does it matter when it comes to air quality? Is there

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Do You Make This Mistake When Dusting Your Home?

Do You Make This Mistake When Dusting Your Home? - Service Champions

Spring cleaning is here. And that means it’s time to start dusting those neglected areas of the home. But in the excitement for a clean, fresh home, you may be doubling your dusting time. How? Many homeowners make the mistake of dusting first and then vacuuming their home. Here’s why that’s a bad idea and what

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Why Your Air Filter Isn’t Working

Why Your Air Filter Isn’t Working

We already know the importance of air filters and how clean ones cut utility bills, increase performance, and improve indoor air quality. You are checking your air filter every 30 days, right? But just because you have a central HVAC system and an air filter doesn’t mean it’s working properly. From cheap filters and improper

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Winter Indoor Air Quality Tips

Winter Indoor Air Quality Tips - Service Champions

Winter makes indoor air quality much more apparent due to the increased time spend indoors and reduced ventilation from closed windows and improved air sealing and insulation. Trapping air will lead to unhealthy conditions, which is why it’s important to have ventilation and other systems in place to refresh your air and improve indoor air

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Why You Need a Humidifier | Effects of Dry Air and Low Humidity

Why You Need a Humidifier - Effects of Dry Air and Low Humidity

The Bay Area can experience very dry conditions, which played a large role in the destructive fires that began earlier this week. According to Weather Underground, Concord has an average humidity reading of 54%, and minimum humidity of 18%. In Pleasanton, Rocklin, and San Jose, the humidity is around 15-25%, and with no rain in

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What to Know Before Sealing Attic Air Leaks and Improving Insulation

What You Need to Know Before Sealing or Insulating Attic

Now that summer’s officially over and temperatures are getting more comfortable, it’s a good time to start thinking about those home improvement projects you’ve been putting off, like sealing attic air leaks and improving insulation levels. Even if you have adequate attic insulation, finding and sealing air leaks air leaks will improve insulation performance and make

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Air Filtration Guide | MERV Ratings, HEPA & More

Air Filtration Guide | MERV Ratings, HEPA & More

We don’t realize how many allergens and contaminants we’re breathing when we’re indoors. Although it may seem easier and healthier to breathe inside, our indoor environments can contain pollutant levels many times greater than the levels outdoors. It seems counter-intuitive. You may be thinking—shouldn’t the outdoors be dirtier? I keep my home clean. How could

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5 Natural Ways to Reduce Humidity in the Home

5 Ways to Reduce Humidity - Service Champions

Lowering the humidity in the home will help you feel more comfortable and keep your home from developing mold problems that can cause health problems and high costs for mold remediation. If you want to avoid frizzy hair, muggy air, difficulties sleeping, mold problems, and distorted wood, learn how to keep your humidity levels within

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