Purify Your Home’s Air in 6 Easy Steps

Posted Friday, April 7th, 2017

Purify Your Home’s Air in 6 Easy Steps

It’s spring, which means allergy season will soon be upon us. Itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing; being outdoors can be a frustrating experience for an allergy sufferer! That’s why many of us, even though the weather is nicer, still prefer to stay inside during spring. Unfortunately, according to the EPA, the level of indoor pollutants can be up to 60% higher than outside air! Not cool!

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to purify your home’s air, giving you the sanctuary from allergies you need this time of year. Here’s how to help purify your home’s air and breathe easy this spring:

  1. Dust everything! Really give your home a thorough once-over with the feather duster. Try to remove as much dust as you can, rather than spreading it around. Don’t be afraid to use multiple dusters!
  2. Deep clean your upholstery and carpet. Allergens love to hide in the fibers of your carpet and the fabric of your furniture, becoming airborne as they are disturbed. Even a light vacuuming can help remove allergens on the surface. Your carpet is your home’s biggest air filter, after all! To get a deep and complete cleaning, a professional truck-mounted extraction system will give the most thorough cleaning and remove as many allergens as possible.
  3. Don’t idle your car in the garage. Your car, lawnmower, snow blower, and other motorized equipment give off carbon monoxide, which can leak into your home if left to build up in your garage. Try to run them outside only.
  4. Get your air ducts professionally cleaned. This is probably the most important step. Your HVAC system is designed to circulate air throughout your home, but any dust, dirt, or other particulate in your ductwork get blown about as well. A professional cleaning using a truck-mounted vacuum system is the best way to clean every square inch of your ductwork system.
  5. Change your furnace filter regularly. Your furnace filter is your first line of defense against airborne particulate. There’s even special allergen-specific filters you can get for even better allergy relief.
  6. Clean out your dryer vent. Gases from your dryer, if not vented properly, can build up and enter your home’s air. Get your dryer vent cleaned at least once a year to prevent lint and other debris from blocking it up.

How Poor Air Quality Affects Your Day

Posted Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Breathing Your Way to a Better Day in Plainfield

According to the American Lung Association and the EPA, our indoor air can be far more polluted than the air outside. Every breath might fill your lungs with a dangerous mix of asbestos, bacteria, household chemicals, common pesticides, mold, dust mites, VOCs, formaldehyde, or other toxins. Unless your lungs can catch a break, poor air quality will affect your daily routine for the worse.

Healthy Air Means Healthy You

Do you or your family experience debilitating allergies, asthma, or respiratory disease? The air in your house can be taking a serious toll on your health, keeping you home from work or school, or away from social events. Ironically, the more time you spend on the couch recuperating and breathing that same polluted air, the worse you’ll feel.

Is Your Job (Literally) Killing You?

We all have enough trouble getting through the daily grind without worrying about whether the air in the workplace is putting us at higher risk for cardiovascular disease or lung cancer. Be alert at work, especially if you work in a setting where more pollutants may be present. See that all employees wear the appropriate protective gear, and that heating, cooling and ventilation systems are in working order. And remember that a healthy workforce keeps the factory floor running and health costs down.

Signs and Symptoms of Poor Air Quality

If you regularly experience coughing, sneezing, irritated eyes, nausea, dizziness, drowsiness, congestion, or asthmatic wheezing, then monitor your symptoms. Do you wake up after a night spent in a particular bedroom with terrible allergies? Maybe its the dust mites under the bed and in your mattress. Find yourself experiencing extreme fatigue and headaches? Be sure your carbon monoxide detectors are in working order. When bad air is the culprit, you may find your symptoms are connected with a particular location.

Breathe Freely

For business owners or home owners, clean air means a better day. Whether you want a better life or just a better bottom line, every breath of clean air will help you get there. So check out our tips for simple changes you can make to improve air quality indoors. Also be sure to jot down a time for your home or business to have its HVAC system serviced. Contact Modernistic to set up an appointment today.


Manage your fall allergies

Posted Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

East Lansing: enjoy Michigan color without sacrificing your health.

Most Michigan residents agree that fall is the best season: the summer humidity breaks, the leaves turn color, and apple cider hits the store shelves. But for many, the changing weather can also bring allergy symptoms or trigger asthma attacks. So for those of you who are allergic to autumn, here are some strategies to help manage your symptoms.

Limit exposure to ragweed pollen

What many of us refer to as “hay fever” is actually a reaction to ragweed pollen. Late August through September and early October are high times for ragweed pollen, which can spread great distances even if there isn’t any near you. Keep an eye on the pollen forecast, and avoid going outdoors when the pollen count is high. Close your windows, and shower in the evenings to avoid getting pollen on your pillow while you sleep. You can also run a HEPA air filter in certain rooms, particularly bedrooms, to improve air quality.

Avoid outdoor mold

Damp piles of leaves are ideal breeding grounds for mold and mildew. So before you start raking leaves, be sure your mouth and nose are covered with a protective mask. If your reaction is severe, consider turning that chore over to a non-allergic friend.

Seek medical treatment

Consult a doctor or an allergist about the best treatment for your symptoms. Your treatment will vary depending on the specific trigger, and it’s important to know which activities are safe and which to avoid.

Clean your ducts and air filter before turning on the heat

Pollen, mold, dust mites, and dander all collect in air ducts. When you turn on your heat that first chilly fall day, you could very well circulate allergens throughout your home. If you or someone in your family suffers from seasonal triggers, consider cleaning your air ducts and air filter to reduce symptoms.

Modernistic can help you manage your fall allergies. When it comes to air duct cleaning, our technicians are NADCA certified. We also offer anti-allergen and disinfectant programs to reduce allergens in your home. So stop being allergic to autumn: contact us today to schedule an appointment.


Get your air ducts cleaned before school starts

Posted Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Lansing: Have you added air duct cleaning to your back-to-school checklist?

School’s starting. That means a lot of new to-dos: you need to buy supplies, work out your new schedule, and finish up any summer assignments. And you want to make sure your home is neat and tidy so that you and your family can start the year with your best foot forward. But have you considered adding air duct cleaning to your back-to-school checklist?

We know it’s not on everyone’s list, but here are some reasons why you may want to add it to yours.

Fight allergies

Many airborne allergens are seasonal, but when they accumulate in your air ducts, they become a year-round hazard. A swift cleaning removes pollen, pet dander, and other allergens, providing relief just in time to start the school year off right.

Stay healthy

It’s not just allergens that are a problem. Over time, mold spores, mildew, and bacteria can also build up in your air ducts. As these circulate in the air through your home, they contribute to illness and even respiratory diseases such as asthma.

Improve your air quality

Even if your air isn’t actively making you sick, it can put a strain on your body. Clean air brings more oxygen to your lungs, helping you breathe easier and sleep more deeply. So by cleaning your air ducts, you and your family can stay fresh and alert for the new school year.

Let Modernistic clean your air ducts to give you a fresh start to your school year

Modernistic’s technicians are quick and efficient, and available day, evening, and weekends to suit your schedule. And don’t forget: as long as we’re in your home cleaning your air ducts, we can take care of your dryer vent as well. It’s a fast procedure which can improve the efficiency of your dryer, save on energy bills, and even reduce the risk of house fire.

Get in touch to schedule an appointment today!


Clean air ducts for a healthy workforce

Posted Friday, August 12th, 2016

Hi, Jackson: how’s your air quality these days?

Michigan weather is notoriously changeable, and we know that many businesses in Jackson rely on their air conditioning to keep the heat and humidity out. But if your air ducts haven’t been cleaned lately, you could be creating more problems for your workforce than you solve.

Dirty air ducts make you sick

Over time, air ducts accumulate a buildup of airborne pollutants including pollen, mold spores, dust, mildew, and bacteria. This means that as you they circulate air through your office, they spread allergens and illness. So your employees get sick, their productivity goes down, and nobody’s happy. Sounds like a nightmare, right?

Big problem, simple solution

The good news is that all you need to do to fix this problem is get your air ducts cleaned. And we can help you with that. We’ve equipped our vacuum trucks with the most advanced cleaning technology in the industry to be sure that your air ducts get the deepest, most efficient cleaning. We also air wash every register and empty your furnace of any accumulated debris. We even provide before and after videos of your air duct system so that you can see the difference.

Clean air ducts come with many benefits

By cleaning your air ducts regularly, you benefit in multiple ways. Your air system runs more efficiently, saving on energy costs. Employees are also more productive and take fewer sick days, reducing health costs for you and increasing your profits. Most importantly, you provide a healthy environment for your workforce, which contributes to everyone’s wellbeing.

We can work whenever it’s convenient for you

Our IICRC certified technicians are ready to accommodate you schedule. We are available seven days a week, and can work evening hours to avoid disrupting your office. Contact us today for a free quote or to schedule a cleaning.