Indoor air quality is an important subject that home owners should think about. It has been said that Canadians spend up to 90% of our life in our homes. That is pretty substantial, to think we actually spend that amount of time at home — and to think I actually thought I had a life!
Indoor air quality in your home can be quite polluted, more than outside, as it has not where to go. Some of the common pollutants are: smoke (fireplace or cigarettes), pet hair and dander, mould, perfume, dust, and chemicals from building materials and finishes. In the open outdoor air these do not bother us as much because it is not an enclosed space, whereas inside it is the opposite. Especially now with the energy efficient homes that are being built, these homes are made not to let air in and out to conserve energy.
There are a few ways to improve you indoor air quality which can also be referred to as indoor air quality:
- If you have a duct system in your house and use a gas furnace, invest in an air purification system. These are not overly expensive considering what it does for you. It gets installed right on to your HVAC system, and cleans your air for up to 99.99% of pollutants (pending on the type of system you decide to purchase)
- Purchase and replace your air filters regularly. The filter has your homes air going through it 24/7 it is good practise to have it cleaned regularly Also, the more efficient the air filter the most effective it iwll be. There are HEPA filters that are hospital grade and 99.99% efficient, and you have others that are a little more realistic for the average home called the MERV 10 or MERV 16. These filters are extremely efficient and cost around $50-$260 to replace, and only once a year. The best way to find out what your needs are is to call a indoor air quality specialist.
- If you have someone with asthma, allergies, or serious respiratory illness that is when you should consider the MERV 16, other than that the MERV 10 is more than efficient and much more cheaper.
- Have your ducts cleaned at least every 5 years. This will clean out the pet dander, and allergens that get stuck in the system. This will allow for air to flow more efficiently and cleaner through your house.
- avoid using harsh chemical in your home for cleaning, there are great products out there now that do just as good or if not better job. Green Works is a fantastic product and safe for the family as well.
So there are some tips on indoor air quality, please understand every household is different. Calling your local HVAC specialists for advise is always a good idea before going a head with a purchase, and do you homework call more than one company. Price isn’t everything, quality of workmanship, excellent service, and honouring your work are important features of any company. If you live in the Greater Toronto Area, please call A1 Air Conditioning & Heating.