Indoor air quality matters
November 13, 2014
How often do you think about your indoor air quality?
As we come to the time of year where we trade our shorts for snow pants we begin to get our homes winter-ready. Soon we will be spending a lot more time indoors and we want to be as comfortable as possible. One of the best ways to do this is to make sure that the air quality inside your home is the best possible. Indoor air quality is on average two to five times more polluted than anything we breathe outdoors so it is our responsibility to keep any contaminants to a minimum.
Why is indoor air quality so important? Well, aside from the fact that we spend up to 90 per cent of our time indoors, these contaminants can have a negative impact on both our short- and long-term health.
Some things that effect air quality are:
- Outside toxins – Every time we step into our homes we track in contaminants. Little particles of dirt, dust, pollen (during the summer months) and other undesirable things stow away on our clothing and shoes. A well insulated house will keep all of these nasty things trapped inside. Something as simple as not wearing your shoes into your house can make a huge difference.
- Dust and particulates – We all know dusting is a hassle but taking the time to tidy can have a big impact on air quality. All those nasty little dust mites get swept during your cleaning spree and you get to breathe easier because of it. Worried about airborne particulates? That’s where a good air filtration system comes in. A clean air filter on your furnace can round up any of those errant contaminants floating around in your home.
- Smoke – Cigarette smoke, that is. Making your home a no smoking zone can make a huge difference to your indoor air quality.
- Humidity – This can be a tricky one in the winter. The air gets drier and it can be a challenge to keep humidity balanced in your home. During the summer, excess humidity can lead to mold and mildew problems but in the winter the concern is that the dry air makes it easier for all those nasty things hiding in your dust become airborne. Ideal humidity rates in a home are between 30 and 50 per cent. An in-house humidifier can make managing this a lot easier.
- Carbon Monoxide – This has been in the news a lot lately with the new Ontario law that makes carbon monoxide detectors mandatory in all homes. Carbon monoxide interferes with oxygen delivery in the body and can be fatal in concentrated amounts. Improperly ventilated heating devices can expel carbon monoxide which is why it is prudent to perform regular maintenance on your furnace as well as installing at least one carbon monoxide detector in your home.
All of these things don’t seem like much but when added up they can make it quite a bit harder to breathe. All of the factors above can be managed with a small amount of effort, diligence and equipment maintenance.
We at Hogg Heating and Air Conditioning love to help with the equipment maintenance side of keeping your home’s air as clean and comfortable as possible. This November we are offering a furnace tune up for $45.00 (50 per cent off our regular price). As a bonus, if you book your tune-up before December 18 you have the option to add a new carbon monoxide detector for $30.00. We also have great deals on humidifiers.
If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment please contact us using any of the following sources. firstname.lastname@example.org, 519.579.5330, Twitter @HoggMechanical, Facebook Hogg Heating & Air Conditioning
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