Indoor Air Quality In Your Home
Have you ever asked yourself, “how clean is the air in this house?” If you’re like the majority of home owners in Canada, you probably haven’t; or if you’re in the small group who has, you probably haven’t been compelled to follow up on that thought. The reason that’s a problem is because dirt and dust build up, just like they do in other areas of the home and this can put your family at risk.
In fact, poor air quality is much more common than the average home owner knows or understands. Here are some of the reasons why you should be concerned.
One reason, which is particularly common in new homes, is caused by a combination of construction and cleaning habits. Specifically, a combination of building envelopes becoming tighter over time in order to boost energy efficiency and the frequent use of cleaning chemicals used to clean the home has created an environment for indoor air quality problems.
This problem is difficult to identify as exact statistics regarding indoor air quality are affected by many factors. An example of this would be one home sealed more tightly, but using fewer household chemicals or another having more pets or people than the another. Another may have better ventilation but filled with pet dander or from one or more pets who may or may not be going outside regularly. Another may have pets who shed vs. ones who don’t. There are more and more complicating factors based on the makeup and habits of each household. The Environmental Protection Agency of the US estimates that indoor air is often 2 to 5 times more dirty than outdoor air, with some homes and buildings having much higher rates than that. Add to this that the average individual spends 90% of his or her time indoors and you have the makings of a much bigger problem.
In fact, in Canada, the amount of respiratory discomfort and illnesses reported due to indoor air quality issues is still very high. As mentioned above, some of the most common sources of are mold, pollen, dander and household cleaners and pesticides, so in homes that are tightly sealed, these problems tend to circulate, causing your home’s occupants to breathe them over and over. This makes difficult to understand where the issue is coming from since it’s a combination of issues from right inside the home.
So the question becomes, what can you do about it? While there are some steps you can take to improve the air inside your home. Some examples include improving the home’s ventilation and maintaining optimal humidity. But If you are looking for help with any of these steps, or want to have your indoor air quality tested, contact the team at Dr. Clean Air.
To get started today, contact us by phone at 613-247-5959, or through our website at www.drcleanair.ca. Dr. Clean Air is a family owned, locally operated business dedicated to helping your family breathe easier. With over 10 years experience providing a range of services like furnace inspections, duct cleaning, dryer vent cleaning, maid services, carpet, and window cleaning and more, having your duct system professionally cleaned by one of our certified HVAC professionals is a vital part of dramatically improving the indoor air quality in your home.
HVAC services are provided in partnership with the Eco Green Team. We have over 12 years experience in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning industry (HVAC). We believe in quality customer service. We are here when you need us to service both your residential and commercial properties. Call us now at 613-627-2777.