Indoor air quality is one of those things that many people overlook, but it can actually have a big impact on quality of life. Canadians spend a large amount of their lives indoors and the air we breathe affects our comfort as well as our health.
According to Derek Jackson, Sales and Marketing Manager for Wardlaw Heating & Cooling, solving air quality issues can help people to breathe much easier. “When people improve their indoor air quality, they often find that their indoor spaces become more comfortable,” he says. “Removing allergens like dust, second-hand smoke, and pollen from the air really helps people to breathe more easily.”
3 Steps to Cleaner Indoor Air
Luckily, there are steps that can be taken to improve the air quality in any building. Derek suggests starting with these three main areas:
Routine Duct Cleaning
One of the easiest ways to improve indoor air quality is to have the air ducts professionally cleaned. “Dust debris, smoke, pollen, and animal hair and/or dander can settle in the HVAC system over time. Our duct cleaning specialists use specialized equipment to remove these particles which results in cleaner air being circulated throughout the home or office,” explains Derek.
High Efficiency Filters
Another simple way to improve the air quality in the home is by using high efficiency particulate air filters (HEPA filters) in the furnace. These high-quality filters can trap up to 99.97% of the particulates in the air. “Using good quality filters can make a big difference for people, especially if they have allergies or other sensitives,” says Derek.
To further improve the indoor air quality Derek suggests installing air purifying UV lights, a dehumidifier, heat recovery ventilators (HRVs), or an air exchanger.
“Air purifying UV lights are installed within the ductwork or near the evaporator coil and they help to eliminate germs, mould, and microorganisms. Dehumidifiers reduce the
indoor humidity levels which reduces the likelihood of allergens like mould. HRVs and air exchangers move the stale air outdoors and bring in cleaner air at a higher rate than a normal HVAC system does,” he explains.
Finding Reliable Advice
If you are concerned about the indoor air quality in your home, start with scheduling a consultation with a trained technician. “Our experienced team is able to assess a home’s current HVAC system, speak with the homeowners about their air quality goals, and suggest products and/or services that can help,” says Derek. “They also know what types of rebates and promotions are available.”