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There is a good chance that your indoor air quality is poor.

FACT: Virtually all untreated indoor environments have a much lower quality of air than the outside air.

Frequently Asked Questions about your Air Quality

How can I improve the quality of the air I breathe?

The first step toward improving indoor air quality is to maintain a consistent comfort level. Temperature fluctuations are a no-no in an environment perfected by a digital thermostat. Click here to find out more.

What is Dry Air?

Dry air is a real concern for homes in cooler climates. Your heating system sucks the moisture out of the air like a sponge. The resulting dry air is both uncomfortable and poor for your health. You'll notice fewer coughs, less dry skin, less static electricity, and resurrected beauty in your wood floors, trim, and furniture after installing a humidifier. Click here to find out more.

How clean is the air I breathe?

Many homes are plagued by airborne contaminants, which often have harmful side effects to your health. In fact, your indoor air is usually much more polluted than the outdoor air.

  • Human and Pet Irritants
    Pet and human dander can cause much of the dust is your home. An Electronic Air Cleaner traps virtually all of these relatively large particles as well as smoke, many chemicals, and other indoor pollutants.
  • Pesky Critters
    Many microscopic nasty critters live in your home, in the air you breathe. All these pests are trapped for good with an Electronic Air Cleaner.
  • Pollen and Mold
    Pollen and Mold are common in most parts of the world and present little or no health risks. Elevated concentrations, however, found in indoor environments can be hazardous to ones health.

What is the difference between a Digital and Mechanical style Thermostats?

There are many differences, but the single thing you will notice the most is increased comfort when you upgrade from a mechanical style to a digital style. Some of the most notable features touted by digital thermostats are: increased accuracy meaning less noticeable temperature swings, digital display makes it easy to read and adjust, and programming options that increase your unit's efficiency which saves you up to 33% of your energy bill.

What does my Air Cleaner Efficiency Rating mean?

Air cleaner efficiency is a rating that tells how many airborne pollutants are removed by the air cleaner's function. Unfortunately, you will find many different ways to test efficiency in the air cleaning industry... so, it's difficult to compare one manufacturers unit to another unless you know what to look for. There are three essential topics that must be evaluated:

  • Airborne Particulate Size: You must know the size of particulates that are being used to conduct the efficiency test. Micron is a size measurement, a very small size measurement. A pencil point, for example is 200 microns... a human hair is 100 microns thick. Most airborne contaminants are between .001 and 100 microns, some objects are so small that they can only be viewed by an electron microscope.
  • Airflow Restriction: You must know the amount of air restricted by the air-cleaning device. Free airflow is essential for heating and air conditioning equipment functionality, efficiency, and durability. Some HVAC technicians use the "plywood analogy". The plywood analogy simply gives us a visual representation of restricting air flow . if a piece of plywood was installed inside your duct work as an air cleaner you would have 100% catch efficiency on all particulate sizes, but you would also have 100% air flow restriction. Obviously, this is a ludicrous example but you should now see the balancing act between efficiency and airflow that all mechanical (media) type filters must consider.
  • Given the two topics above, % of particulates removed - There is a simple comparison that can be made once the two topics above are known... air cleaners that catch a large % of small (.01) particles while not restricting air flow are the best.

Want more information? Please give us a call today at 416.422.HOME and ask to schedule your free in-home assessment. Or simply fill out our Request Service with your details. We'll be happy to help with all your questions.