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When the weather begins to warm up outside, naturally your thoughts turn from heating to air conditioning.
For most of us, A/C and summertime go hand in hand, which is why so few homeowners think to look past their air conditioner to other cooling aids that can cut costs and improve summer health.
Here at Clean Air Solutions Hamilton, however, we spend our days studying up on how to get more cool for less cash in ways that are safer and healthier for you and your family.
Since summer is officially here, we thought now would be a great time to talk about home ventilation and how the right ventilation can make a measurable impact on your budget and health.
What is Ventilation?
In your home, ventilation occurs when old, stale indoor air is pushed out of your home and new, fresh air is pulled in.
Your Home’s Age & Ventilation
The age of your home can play a big role in whether existing ventilation systems are performing adequately.
Older homes were built to be less airtight, which means they tend to have more areas throughout the home where air can escape or enter—making heating and cooling less efficient and more expensive.
Conversely, new homes are built to be completely airtight, which means there is little chance for any indoor air to escape outside or vice versa.
Types of Home Ventilation Helps
These helpful in-home ventilation add-ons can really improve your home's air exchange.
Commonly found in the kitchen (over the stove) and in the bathroom (in the ceiling), exhaust fans are responsible for moving odours, moisture, and stale air out of these rooms.
Chimney and woodstove exhaust fans
These fans are installed to vent volatile organic compounds, smoke, gases, fumes, and debris outside and to prevent back-drafting of dangerous gases into your home.
These vents are designed to release excess heat and humidity to the outside to keep your attic from developing mould and mildew or becoming a fire hazard.
Heat recovery (or energy recovery) ventilator
Called an HRV (ERV) for short, a heat recovery ventilator addresses two big issues for home ventilation: freshness and humidity.
The ventilator will ensure that stale outgoing and fresh incoming air do not mix, while also expelling excess humidity.
Signs Your Home Needs Ventilation Assistance
So how can you tell when your home’s existing ventilation system is not performing well?
Here are some common warning signs of poor indoor ventilation:
- You and your family are experiencing more bouts with allergies, asthma, and/or respiratory illness.
- You feel more mentally foggy, groggy, or tired at home than when you are out of the home.
- The air inside your home has a strange, musty, stale, or unpleasant odour.
- You see signs of mould or mildew in your bathroom, basement, kitchen, attic, or elsewhere.
- Your utility bills are climbing steadily and you aren’t using any more energy.
- It feels just as humid indoors as it does outdoors.
- Whenever you cook, paint your nails, or clean, it takes forever for the smell to dissipate.
Each of these signs can indicate the air inside your home is stale, oxygen-poor, too humid, or laden with potential pollutants. If one or more of these signs applies to your home, you could potentially benefit from the installation of additional ventilation aids.
Good Ventilation Doesn’t Have to Cost a Lot!
One reason many homeowners put off addressing under-performing household ventilation is concern about cost.
But installing effective ventilation aids doesn’t have to cost a lot to make a measurable impact. Often, clients tell us they begin recouping their investment right away in lower energy bills, fewer doctor visits, and the disappearance of mould and mildew.
Heat recovery ventilation
An easy way to make a big, lasting, and economical change in your home’s indoor air quality and ventilation is to add a heat recovery ventilator to your existing HVAC system.
These compact and efficient systems not only remove stale, oxygen-poor air and ensure a steady supply of fresh, oxygen-rich air, but they also remove excess moisture that could build up and cause mould or mildew. Best of all, they use the existing heat in the air to temperature-balance your air so your HVAC system uses less energy overall to function.
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June 30, 2017, get a 20 percent discount on any indoor air quality equipment we sell just by filling out this easy online form!
Indoor air duct cleaning
Another easy way to measurably improve your home’s indoor air quality in just one day is to schedule a professional indoor air duct cleaning.
During your cleaning, we will vacuum out every speck of dust, debris, mould, or mildew present in your existing ductwork. Then we will sanitize and deodorize your ductwork. Many happy clients tell us they notice the difference immediately—they can smell it in the freshness of the air!
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Give Us a Call
Each week, we consult with clients about the best way to ensure the air in their homes is fresh, pure, well-oxygenated, and safe and healthy for their family. Give us a call at 905-544-2470 to schedule your complimentary indoor air quality consultation!
There are some tasks you know you need to take care of right away. Others, you may be able to put off until later.
But it is the tasks you cannot see that tend to get put off the longest, because you don't even know they need doing!
Air ducts tend to fall into this third category for obvious reasons.
But sometimes those same air ducts can get creative in letting you know they need your attention, which is what we will address in this post.
10 SOS Signs Your Air Ducts May Be Sending You
If you have noticed any of these 10 signs happening in your home or workplace, it may be your air ducts sending you an SOS!
When your HVAC system kicks on and air starts to flow, and you see a small initial puff of dust come out of your air registers, this is a good indication there is more dust where that puff came from.
Normally, air ducts will not emit any visible dust or debris when the HVAC unit cycles on and air starts to flow through the ducts.
Visible dust could also be due to very dusty air registers. However, if you remove and clean the air registers inside and out and the problem remains, it is likely due to trapped interior dust instead.
One telltale sign there may be debris lurking inside your air duct system is odour.
When something in your home smells "off" and you’ve checked every possible place but you can’t find anything amiss, the culprit might be inside your air duct system.
You can try to do a test by getting right up close to one or more air registers and giving them a good sniff—you may be able to verify your suspicions this way. Another way is to have your HVAC technician take a look inside your air ducts to check for trapped debris, mould, or mildew that might be emitting the same odour.
3. Mould or mildew
Sometimes, it is possible to actually see black or grey/brown mould or mildew growing on and/or around the outside of your air registers.
Unfortunately, when this occurs, it usually signals a more extensive problem with mould or mildew that may represent an extensive remediation project.
However, if the mould or mildew is found to be contained completely within your air ducts themselves, the process of vacuuming them out, sanitizing, and deodorizing them can literally save you from having to take apart your home to clean the mould out.
4. Visible debris
If you take off an air register and see that dust, pet dander, and other debris has built up inside the end of the duct, this can indicate that your air ducts have become clogged.
The best way to tell is to try to remove just the dust and debris you can see. If more appears again later, it is probably time to call in the pros for a professional air duct cleaning.
5. Clogged air filter
One solid indicator that dust and debris has begun to build up in or around your HVAC system is a filthy disposable or reusable air filter from your HVAC or furnace system.
If you catch this early and get on a regular rotation of cleaning or replacing your air filters, sometimes this can nip the issue in the bud and prevent the need for a full air duct cleaning.
6. Dirty A/C coil and interior parts
If your air conditioner’s coil and interior parts are packed with dust, debris, mould, mildew, and/or other detritus, this is a good indication that dust trapped somewhere else in the HVAC system has begun to travel through the air ducts to impact external or peripheral system components.
You will definitely want to give your HVAC a thorough cleaning, but if the dust quickly returns, you may need to clean the entire system to take care of the problem once and for all.
7. Uneven air flow
When the air seems to flow with good strength from some air registers in certain rooms, but there is not much air pressure flowing out of registers in other rooms, this may be caused by dust and debris blockages forming inside your air duct system.
It could also be caused by leaky ducts that have become ripped or degraded, so be sure to ask your HVAC technician to check for both during your HVAC inspection.
8. No record of prior air duct cleaning
It has only been within the last several years that modern air quality technology has really become a part of public knowledge.
So if you have an older home (10 years or older) and you possess no record from the prior owner(s) that the air duct system has ever been cleaned professionally, it probably hasn’t ever had this service.
9. Your home or workplace gets really dusty
When it seems like every time you check, a thick layer of dust has accumulated on interior surfaces yet again, this is a good indication of a greater amount of dust and debris that is getting pushed out through your air duct system every time your HVAC system cycles on.
10. Your health is poorer than normal
Sometimes the first sign you will get that your air ducts are clogged appears in your own respiratory system.
Sneezing, coughing, wheezing, feeling fatigued or mentally foggy, continually battling allergies, increased asthma attacks, and similar symptoms can all indicate the presence of recirculating debris and toxins in your indoor air system.
Give Us a Call
Right now, get $50 off any air duct cleaning package when you fill out this easy online form or call us, at 905-544-2470.
Indoor air quality has come a long way over the last decade or two. And it is a good thing, too, because overall air quality has been on a downhill slide for even longer.
As we explain in more detail in this post, sometimes all that is standing in between our fragile lungs and all the toxins circulating in the air are the protections we choose to put in place.
These protections—such as more powerful air filters, air duct cleanings, purification, and ventilation systems—are currently optional.
But if you are living with seasonal allergies, asthma, chronic illness, or serious disease, these optional protections can literally change your family's quality of life for the better.
Here at Clean Air Solutions Hamilton, we are eager to help you enjoy the cleanest, purest indoor air possible, and we are willing to slash our own prices to help you do it! Read on to learn about two extra-special offers for this month and how they can clean and purify your indoor air.
June Savings: Get $50 Off Any Duct Cleaning Package
Clean Air Solutions Hamilton was founded by our sister company, Shipton’s Heating & Cooling, to address the growing need in the Hamilton and surrounding areas for effective, efficient, affordable indoor air quality solutions.
Our signature product is now and has always been the professional air duct cleaning packages we offer. While more information is now being publicly distributed about the benefits of having your air duct system professionally cleaned, the number of homeowners who have had this service performed are still in the minority.
This also means the vast number of homes have anywhere from one to three or more decades’ worth of dust, debris, pollen, mould, detritus, toxins, and other pollutants trapped inside their air duct system.
Unless the previous homeowner gave you a record of a prior air duct cleaning service, it is unlikely your home's air ducts have been serviced. This is why we believe that, before you install any air purification equipment or take other measures to clean up your indoor air, you should start with an indoor air duct cleaning service.
Then you can proceed to add the best indoor air quality equipment for your family’s specific health and wellness needs.
You can also take steps to keep your air clean by choosing which house cleaning products, craft supplies, and personal care products you use inside your home.
The average indoor air duct cleaning service will take between three and five hours, depending on the size of your space. We currently offer three different professional indoor air duct cleaning packages:
With this package, we will professionally clean and vacuum out your air duct system (both supply and return air ducts), clean your air registers, and then deodorize and sanitize your entire air duct system.
With this package, we will do everything in the Bronze package PLUS clean your furnace fan compartment and your air conditioner coil.
With this package, we will do everything in the Bronze and the Silver packages PLUS complete a 21-point inspection and maintenance check on your furnace.
To redeem your $50 Off Duct Cleaning discount, contact us at 905-544-2470 or just fill out this easy online form.
Breathe Clean Event: 20 Percent Off Indoor Air Quality Equipment
As it sounds, our Breathe Clean Event is all about ensuring pollen, dust and mites, mould and mildew, vehicle emissions, airborne toxins, volatile organic compounds, and other pollutants are made unwelcome in your home.
Once these types of airborne pollutants get inside your home, they are added to your indoor air supply and re-circulated again and again through your air duct system. Some may take up residence in your carpeting or draperies. Others may make themselves at home in your pillows, mattresses, and bed linens.
Some may get trapped inside your air duct system and get continuously blown back out through your air registers when your air conditioner or heater cycles on.
But regardless of how they get in and trapped inside your home, our efficient, effective, and affordable indoor air quality equipment can get them out.
This month, save 20 percent on each of the following appliances:
Whole Home HEPA Filters. A whole home HEPA filter can trap and remove 99.97 percent of airborne toxins, including tiny particles the size of 1/100th the width of a single human hair!
Whole Home UV Purification Systems. Using ultraviolet light to purify your indoor air destroys even the smallest toxic particles right at their source. Best of all, these units are self-cleaning and self-maintaining and come in a variety of sizes to suit any size space.
Heat Recovery Ventilators. A heat recovery ventilator, or HRV for short, puts an impenetrable barrier between outgoing stale air and incoming fresh air. It also takes toxins, pollutants, and excess moisture out of the air as it comes into your home, purifying it on the spot.
Whole Home Humidifiers. There are two kinds of humidifiers: bypass flow-through and steam-based. Either can be installed to keep your home humidity-balanced for optimal health. This becomes especially important in transitional wet-dry seasons and in dry seasons.
To redeem your 20 percent Breathe Clean discount, contact us at 905-544-2470 or fill out this easy online form.
Give Us a Call
To learn more about either discount package or set up your appointment, give us a call at 905-544-2470.