Why is indoor air quality so important?

The quality of the air within and around any buildings and structures is directly linked to the health and comfort of the occupants. It’s proven that indoor air contaminants (IAC) can lead to some serious health risks, especially for those among the more vulnerable demographics, such as, children, pregnant women, the elderly, and those with heart or lung conditions.

To test for these contaminants it is rather simple, every Canadian home should have a carbon monoxide alarm and a smoke detector installed. Health Canada recommends not conducting tests for other chemicals of mold because it would not help to improve the overall air quality. Instead, look for the following:

Mold or water leaks/damage that could be causing mold to growBroken or improperly vented combustion appliances, such as a furnace

Products that can release chemicals into the air, such as:

o   Glues

o   Paints

o   Varnishes

o   Wood-plastic composites (wood products combined with plastic and other chemicals)

If the issue cannot be fixed at the source a contractor should be called.

If you check your heating or cooling system, a standard furnace filter is most likely what you’ll find.  These filters will only catch the larger, less troublesome airborne particles, such as lint and large dust. The Electronic Air Cleaner is designed to remove up to 95% of all airborne particles and contaminants, which is 10 to 20 times more efficient than throwaway furnace filters.

Thank you for reading, air quality is important for everyone so make sure your air is clean! Give us a call at W.O. Stinson and breath easier knowing we have your back.

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