We spend a lot of time in our homes and consider it our safe place to retreat from the world. However, did you know that often times the air quality inside our homes is worse than outside?
Causes of Poor Indoor Air Quality
According to Health Canada, poor indoor air quality can be a result of a number things, including smoking, cooking, gas and wood burning appliances, poor ventilation, water leaks and hobbies like woodworking and arts and crafts. Breathing in poor quality air can have a number of negative health effects, including headaches, coughing, sneezing, wheezing and irritated eyes, nose, throat and skin.
Improve Indoor Air Quality
To improve the quality of air inside your home, there are a number of steps you can take:
Control Humidity – Too much humidity in your home can encourage mould growth and decrease your indoor air quality, so ensure you fix any leaks as soon as possible. Additionally, try to preemptively check hoses and connections for leaks and repair as needed and make sure exhaust fans are used in kitchens and bathrooms.
Improve Ventilation – To keep air fresh inside your house, make sure you have proper ventilation throughout your home. Adding an HRV to an airtight home helps improve the air changes going on in a home and ensure you are getting the best ventilation and air quality for your family.
Filter the Air – Cleaning the air of airborne pollutants can significantly increase your indoor air quality. There are a number of whole-home air purifiers available, depending on your specific needs. As always replacing HVAC air filters will always help improve ventilation.
Contact us today to schedule a service call to inspect your HVAC system and provide recommendations to improve your indoor air quality and increase your home comfort.
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