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Air Quality Assessment

There Are Two Forms Of Indoor Air Pollution: Particles and Gases.

Particle Pollutants can include small living organisms such as bacteria and viruses. They can also include mite and cockroach body parts; dander from cats, dogs, and other animals; fungal spores; molds; pollens; and more. Dust mite feces and body parts can become airborne and cause allergic reactions and illnesses.

Gas Pollutants include carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, nitrogen dioxide, and from poorly vented gas cooking and heating appliances, cigarette smoking, vehicle exhaust; gases also come from furnishings, insulation and building materials such as plywood and particle board an cleaning supplies, adhesives, paints, and varnishes.

Ottawa indoor air quality info-graphic

Air Filtration - Media, HEPA, Electronic, and Electrostatic

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Air Filtration Solutions:

Having the proper air filter for your system is crucial. There are various options to choose from however making that choice can be very difficult and confusing with all the brands and MERV ratings. We’re here to make a recommendation based on your unique lifestyle and circumstances.

Factors that would affect your decision:

  • Allergies
  • Pets
  • Type of System
  • Habits
  • Medical factors
While a quick phone call to our office may help point you in the right direction with a store bought solution, you meed need some additional help. We can provide you with various recommendations and/or solutions to suit your particular needs.

Humidifiers and Humidity

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Most People Don’t Even Realize That Built-In, Whole-Home Humidification Systems Even Exist. You may need to humidify if you:
  • Get sick a lot – especially coughing, wheezy, difficulty breathing
  • You have uncomfortable, itchy, dry skin
  • Portable humidifiers won’t solve your problem
  • Constantly adding lotion and seeing the dermatologist
Winter weather means the furnace starts up and outside and inside humidity levels start to have a greater impact on your health. The cold air forces your furnace to turn on, which leads to more dry air inside your home. Humidity levels definitely affect your home’s comfort, so managing indoor humidity can make the time you spend there much more enjoyable. If you’re like most people, listening to your furnace turn on and off can create anxiety about your heating costs.  What you may not realize is the same weather that makes your furnace turn on can also reduce humidity and cause your sinuses to dry out.  The low humidity can also decrease the efficiency of your furnace and air conditioning units. Want to maintain a healthy indoor breathing environment? Professionally installed, built-in, whole home humidifiers will eliminate these problems. Why Waste Money On Small, Ineffective, Portable Humidifiers When There’s An Affordable, Whole-Home Solution? Many people don’t realize that a total whole home solution even exists. Instead they buy portable humidifiers (that don’t work) add lotion for dry skin, take medications for sinus problems, and constantly dust their homes. Here is a better solution:  A whole home humidifier can be added to your home system. The installation time is less than a day to install. An affordable solution is literally one phone call away. Note: A humidifier will usually have a media cartridge or cylinder that will need annual replacement. We normally replace these during the annual service visit.
Read More: The Importance of Your Furnace And Humidifier In Managing Home’s Humidity Levels
Too much Humidity? Your Central Air system should handle excess humidity in the summer months if it is running properly and tuned in conjunction with the circulation fan. Too much humidity during winter, on the other hand, can be rectified by installing a properly sized HRV or ERV.

HRV's and ERV's

Illustration of HRV airflow: Fresh air from outside going to Fresh air to your home and Stale air from your home going to Stale air to outside

Winter Humidification and Year Round Ventilation

HRV systems remove stale air in order to bring in fresh air. Some of the heat in the air that is being vented out is recovered by the system during wintertime which is then used to warm up the fresh coming in from outside.

The same principle applies during summer. With the only change being that now the reverse is applied. Simply put, the air coming from outside is partially cooled using the air being removed from the inside of the house or building.

Therefore, your home’s AC will not be forced to work harder than normal. On top of this, your energy consumption will be lower. As such, you can end up making substantial savings on your utility costs.

An ERV mainly retains some moisture during winter cycles so as not to dry the home as rapidly during ventilation cycles.

We can assist you with choosing a suitable system. In addition to laying out your options, we will also conduct the installation work.

Learn More: Managing Humidty in the Home – HRV’s vs. ERV’s

UV Air Purification

UV Air Purifier

If You’ve Ever Been In A Home With An Air Purifier – You Notice It Right Away

Many Ottawa residents spend a lot of time indoors. Breathing poor quality air can have a significant impact on your health – including asthma, spreading of viruses, or other communicable diseases.

Much of the dangers found in our homes and places of work often can’t be seen and may have no detectable odor, unfortunately these silent invaders are responsible for all types of allergies and disease, which for many results in a poor quality of life and sometimes even death. Few of us realize that items such as laundry and dishwasher detergent, polishes, paints, wood based building material, carpets, cosmetics, etc., generate measurable air pollutants.

With an air purification system, you can also avoid that stuffy-air smell that is common during our winter season.

For more information about air quality and/or air quality products, call us at (613) 822-7974 or visit our Contact Page.
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