Indoor Air Quality; what you need to know!
For some, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is an afterthought. Without conditions such as asthma, allergies or sensitivities to smells or dust, it may not even cross your mind. Some people are not so lucky, poor IAQ can make you feel like you're battling with the comfort of your own home. We are here to help you, or “clear the air” so to speak. Even though you may not have some of the conditions referenced above. You still may be exposed to contaminants, chemicals or particulates that are affecting you and your families daily lives.
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There are 3 main categories of IAQ. Health and Safety are the major ones, but your Comfort is also very important . Your house is your sanctuary and the indoors is where Canadians spend almost 90% of their time.
Here is a list to help you understand some of the many factors that affect IAQ.
Poor Ventilation or “tight” homes
Dust or mold
New home construction; paint fumes, adhesives, drywall dust etc
Pet hair and dandruff
Old fuel burning appliances with improper exhaust.
Outdated and inefficient heating systems
These factors can lead to high exposures of;
VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds)
Particulates not picked up in standard filtration systems.
And many more...
In Canada we have higher standards for IAQ as compared to other countries. By introduction of proper ventilation through HRV or ERV systems, we help our homes “breathe”. If your home does not have a ventilation system you may find the air can become humid, stale and uncomfortable. You may also find moisture forming on your windows or around exterior glass doors. However, ventilation alone does not treat all IAQ issues that are present.
We are happy to announce we have recently partnered with Air Advice Monitoring. The Air Advice monitor allows us to perform a 30 min IAQ test during our annual maintenance tune ups at no extra cost to you. This will allow us to review the data with you and give you recommendations on how you can improve the air quality in your home, (if needed).
Stay tuned for another upcoming article on the different types of IAQ products available to you!