Russell & Abbott Blog: Archive for the ‘Indoor Air Quality’ Category

Duct Sealing: Why You Need It, How to Know You Need It

Monday, February 21st, 2022

Hello folks! In my last post, I talked about an important new service we now offer at Russell & Abbott—duct cleaning! Check it out and see if duct cleaning is something you think you may need in the near future. We’re always here to answer any questions you have.

Today I have another important service to talk about, one we added along with duct cleaning. It’s duct-related, so I’m not straying too far from the topic here: Russell & Abbott now offers duct sealing in Maryville, TN and throughout our wide service area.

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Be sure to get your furnace winter-ready!

Sunday, October 26th, 2014


Ahhh what a summer it was! Filled with walks at the park, and just as fun cool air filled naps at home. I’ve been watching the leaves change color from my favorite spot on the porch, and have recently started to feel the air getting crisper each day. The squirrels are running about getting their homes ready for the upcoming winter, and this inspired me to tell you all about how my people get our home heating system winter ready to ensure cozy warmth all winter long.

Check and clean your vents to ensure the cleanest comfort from your furnace.

Make sure all your vents are clean and clear. If your heating delivery system relies on vents to deliver air into rooms, it’s easy to think of the vents as a less important part of the system. However, vents shouldn’t be blocked by furniture or anything that prevents airflow. They are also known to gather dust in less busy times, so unless you want a coating of hot dust when you first use it, give it a clean!

Change the filters before the cold weather gets here.

Your furnace relies on a good filter to prevent dust, mold and other junk that may have accumulated from being delivered into your home. It is usually at the front of your furnace or somewhere near the bottom. Some of them are reusable, others are disposable. Be sure to clean or replace it before turning your furnace on this season. For the allergy prone, it is recommended to clean or replace your filter monthly through the cold season.

Install a Carbon Monoxide Detector to make for added security for your HVAC system.

Because furnaces are a main cause of toxic CO home leaks, it is vital to have a carbon monoxide detector close to your furnace. It could mean the difference between life and death. CO is denser than air, so it hovers at the bottom. So because a lot of furnaces are located in the basement (A Christmas Story, anyone?), it could take a while for a slow leak to set off a detector in main living areas, which could be fatal. Already took care of it? Make sure to test it!

Get a Professional Cleaning and Inspection for your Heating and Air System

If it’s been a while since your last check up, its a great time to give my people at MK Russell Heating and Air a call. Get your furnace and heating system ready for winter today, and when the cold air finally hits, you’ll be assured that your family is breathing cozy clean air.

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4 Ways a Great Heating and Air System can Help with Allergies

Thursday, June 12th, 2014


Hello there! My name is Olive, full time protector and air quality sniffer over at MK Russell & Abbot. Summer is one of my favorite seasons of the year (hello hotdogs!), and because I like to stay indoors on those ice cream melting days, I know the importance of having a good air system to keep out pollutants. Studies show that the air we breathe indoors can be 20 times more polluted than the air outside! Without good air ventilation, this air can become trapped in your home and be continuously recirculated and inhaled by you and your family.

A good HVAC System can help your allergies.

Sniffing the air is one of my favorite pastimes, so naturally over the years I have become a clean air connoisseur. As a young pup, I always felt self-conscious of the way my chocolate lab fur made my humans sneeze. Although soft and cuddly, it released pesky irritating allergens in the air. Thankfully, my people figured out the importance of having a good heating and air system in our home, and we all live in purified air harmony. Here are 4 ways having a great heating and air system helps with allergies:

Air Purification – A great air purification system is the best option for removing irritating odors associated with chemical vapors. This will allow the air that you breathe into your lungs to be free from chemicals.

Air Filtration – A great air filtration system keeps pollutants such as dirt, dust, mold, pollen, bacteria, and viruses to a minimum. The less of these in your home, the smaller your pile of tissues becomes.

Ventilation – Air has a tendency to get trapped in our homes. With a good ventilation system, stale indoor air is removed, and replaced with fresh air from outside. And fresh is always better. This is also a great system to remove pollutants that come from air fresheners, cleaning supplies, furnishings, or building materials.

Humidity Control – Mold and mildew can be caused by too much humidity in your home, and bring on an array of respiratory problems. With a dehumidification system, these two are kept at bay.

If you live around Maryville, Alcoa, or Knoxville and need help with your indoor air quality then give my adorable humans a call – they know what they are doing when it comes to Clean Air and Comfort!



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