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As a landlord, you are not present 24/7 to witness how your residential tenants live their daily lives.
You are not there to witness what they eat, whether or not they smoke, if they burn candles or spritz air fresheners, or what they use to clean with.
So when a tenant calls to complain about indoor allergies or claims your rental property is making them “sick,” you may not know where that fine line is between taking them at their word and doing indoor air quality further research.
The good news is, Clean Air Solutions Hamilton can help you navigate through this process and determine whether there is something inside your rental property that is adversely impacting the health of your tenants.
Possible Causes of Tenant Health Symptoms
A number of possible issues could potentially cause rental tenants to experience health symptoms while occupying one of your rental properties.
The most common causes include indoor pollutants, airborne toxins, household mould or mildew, and unidentified leaks (e.g., radon, carbon monoxide).
The best way to find out what may be causing the health complaints is to schedule an indoor air quality test. This silent and unobtrusive 72-hour test uses a small monitoring device that runs continuously over the 3-day testing period.
During this time, the device will record toxin levels across a range of known airborne pollutants. When the test concludes, the device will generate a detailed analysis in the form of a printout that identifies potential hazards.
Your Clean Air Solutions Hamilton indoor air quality advisor will then review the test results with you and recommend options and action steps. In nearly all cases, there are multiple options available to resolve indoor air quality concerns that can fit any budget and space.
Professional Air Duct Cleaning Can Take the Toxins Outside
It can be frustrating to find out the air in your home or one of your rental properties is of poor quality. It can also be scary, because that very same toxic air can potentially impact your health or expose you to liability if your tenants seek legal counsel.
The truth is, research today proves that the air quality in the average home or workplace is two to five times worse than the surrounding outside air. There are several reasons for this increasing toxicity, including lack of proper air circulation and ventilation.
But an even bigger contributing factor is dirty air ducts. In most homes and businesses, the indoor air duct system (the same system you rely on to transport temperature controlled air to all the rooms in the space) has never been cleaned since the date it was first installed.
A similar analogy might be if you drove your car for hundreds of thousands of miles but never changed the air filters or the oil. Can you imagine how dirty and toxic your car would become?
Unfortunately, your indoor air duct system doesn’t come programmed with a handy reminder system to tell you when the air ducts are filled up with dust and debris and need to be cleaned and sanitized.
Plus, since you can’t see the air ducts, it is easy to forget they are even there, let alone that they need occasional cleaning and maintenance to function the way they were designed to work!
With a professional indoor air duct cleaning service, all of that toxic debris, including pet dander, dust mites, mould and mildew spores, pollen, volatile organic chemicals, pesticide residue, insect and rodent debris, and more get vacuumed out of the air ducts and transported securely away from your location.
The air ducts are then sanitized and deodorized. This is like hitting the “reset” button on your indoor air quality setting—the effect is not unlike getting a whole new squeaky clean air duct system!
While it typically isn’t necessary to run a second indoor air quality test to confirm the results, if you were to do so, you would discover that the test results are quite different—and much cleaner and safer, too.
HEPA and U.V. Indoor Air Quality Supports
For new construction or spaces that have recently had the indoor air ducts cleaned and serviced, we recommend installing one of two air quality supports to maintain the cleanliness of your indoor air:
HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filtration system. This system works to trap even very tiny airborne particulate toxins to remove them from your indoor air supply.
Ultraviolet (U.V.) purification system. This system works to neutralize airborne particulate toxins before they can enter your indoor air supply.
You can use these indoor air quality supports on their own or together to keep your indoor air clean and pure in any size space.
Right now, during our Breathe Clean Air event, you can save 20 percent off any of our whole home indoor air quality equipment, including whole home HEPA filters, whole home U.V. filters, heat recovery ventilators, and whole home humidification systems.
Carbon Monoxide and Radon Detectors
Some spaces are more vulnerable to toxic levels of carbon monoxide and radon, each of which is a potent, odorless, colorless airborne gas that carries potentially deadly health impacts.
Radon is emitted from the surrounding land. It is a major cause of lung cancer today.
Carbon monoxide is emitted from stoves, vehicles, generators, air conditioners, heaters, and similar appliances and devices. It earns its nickname “the invisible killer” honestly.
Luckily, you can install a pair of detectors that will alert you if levels of carbon monoxide or radon increase to toxic levels inside your space.
Give Us a Call
Here at Clean Air Solutions Hamilton, we are proud to be part of the solution to ever-worsening indoor air quality in Canadian homes and businesses.
Give us a call at 905-544-2470 to find out how we can help you improve the quality of the air you breathe at home and at work!
Do your dinner guests look startled when your air conditioner cycles on? Can your furnace powering up wake you up out of a sound sleep?
Even worse, do you have to get up multiple times each night because you are feeling too hot or too cold?
These are just a few of the many signs and symptoms of an aging or ailing A/C and furnace.
Over the last several years, indoor air quality and HVAC technology have advanced together at a startling pace, which is truly exciting in an era where both our cost of living and overall air quality seem intent on heading in the opposite direction!
Today, more air purity and operational efficiency can be achieved with less investment than at any other time in history — with a little help from the newest generation of Napoleon air conditioners and furnaces!
What to Look for in a New Air Conditioner or Furnace
If your current HVAC system has been with your family for many years, it is likely you may not be fully aware of the wonderful money and energy-saving changes today's HVAC units offer.
These new units can deliver high-quality temperature-controlled air “with one hand tied behind their backs” when compared to units from previous decades.
Each important change has been driven by consumer demand, and it probably won’t take you long to recognize your own demands in the following list of new unit features.
Increased air flow
Made here in Canada
Durable, long-lasting components
Safety features built in
Reduced power draw (with reduced energy bills)
High-quality warranty and customer service support
If your current HVAC system doesn’t offer these features, you are missing out on some significant savings!
How to Save $795
Currently, the Energy Star program recommends replacing any cooling or heating appliance that has reached and/or past its 10th birthday.
If you are like many Canadian homeowners today who report spending upward of $2,000 on energy annually, you are likely also eager to reduce energy costs.
Here are just a few ways upgrading your A/C and furnace can help trim your budget:
Programmable thermostat. Adding this feature can save you up to $180 per year in energy expense.
Choosing an Energy Star-certified A/C unit. Picking a certified A/C unit with a SEER rating of 14+ can trim your utility bill by an estimated $115.
Choosing an Energy Star-certified furnace unit. Choosing a new high efficiency furnace can save you up to $500 per year on energy.
So far, you have saved $795, and that is before making any whole-home renovations to further reduce air or humidity leaks and permit greater air circulation throughout your home.
Introducing Napoleon Air Conditioning and Furnace Appliances
Here at Clean Air Solutions Hamilton, we proudly sell and install Napoleon air conditioners and furnaces.
We offer four different Napoleon air conditioner models and four different Napoleon furnace models. Each comes with its own set of energy-saving features our clients love.
Napoleon air conditioners
Each of these top-performing Napoleon air conditioners are made in Canada and feature compact size, efficient operation, and eco-friendly technology. The side discharge model is particularly ideal for dwellings that offer limited outdoor installation space.
Napoleon 13 SEER air conditioner
Napoleon 14 SEER air conditioner
Napoleon 16 SEER air conditioner
Napoleon SEER side discharge air conditioner
Each of these compact, reliable, efficient, and attractive Napoleon furnaces features in-built safety features to keep risk of winter home fires low. The Napoleon 9200 in particular is ideal for small dwellings with limited floor space.
Napoleon 9700 gas furnace
Napoleon 9600 gas furnace
Napoleon 9500 gas furnace
Napoleon 9200 gas furnace
Choosing the Optimal Size A/C or Furnace Unit
For some years, it became common practice to up-size a home’s HVAC system. In this case, upsizing means choosing an appliance with greater capacity than what the square footage of the space actually requires.
Unfortunately, buying a unit that is more powerful than what your space requires doesn’t save you money. The same holds true for choosing a unit that is vastly undersized for your space requirements (although a slightly undersized unit can work well in certain spaces).
What you need to achieve maximum energy and cost efficiency is a unit that is correctly sized for your space in every way.
Because there are so many factors to consider when sizing an A/C or furnace, this is best done with the help of a trained heating and cooling professional. Calculations commonly include floor square footage, wall height, type and quantity of insulation, state of existing framework, and so on.
Give Us a Call
Here at Clean Air Solutions Hamilton, we believe that every component in your heating and cooling system can impact the efficiency and effectiveness of all the others. By constructing a complementary system of high-quality components to handle your temperature control and indoor air quality needs, you can look forward to years of better health and a reduced energy budget.
Give us a call at 905-544-2470 or visit us online to learn how to save 20 percent on all whole home air quality equipment.
This has been a record-breaking year for flooding throughout Canada. In many areas, homeowners have struggled through days or weeks of cleanup, enduring displacement, emotional distress, and high costs for remediation and repair.
Whenever there is a water breach, mould is always a danger. Mould is fast-growing and fast-spreading. The moment a single mould colony establishes itself, it begins to send out small messengers called “spores.” The spores are airborne, but they will travel only until they find another suitable spot to land and grow a new mould colony.
If mould wasn’t so toxic and unwelcome, it might be considered quite amazing. After all, a mould colony can begin to grow and replicate itself in less than 24 hours after a flooding rainstorm. It can grow practically anywhere, including on fabric, drywall, wood, tiles, cardboard, and carpet.
And mould isn’t always easy to spot, until the colony has become well established (it tends to be easier to smell than see). In this article, we review what to do if your home and indoor air is impacted by mould.
The Health Hazards of Mould
There is no such thing as “non-toxic mould.” All mould is toxic. The more mould there is, the more toxic it becomes, but even very small amounts can deliver potent health hazards.
The Ontario Lung Association reports a series of common symptoms that can arise after mould exposure:
Respiratory distress, including allergies and sinus infections
Irritation to the eyes, nasal passages, and skin
Lung inflammation and infection
Chest tightness and shortness of breath
Coughing, wheezing, spitting up phlegm/mucus
Feelings of fatigue
Identifying Mould Colonies
Because mould can be challenging to identify visually in the earliest hours after flooding, the more information you have about where mould grows and telltale signs of its presence, the easier it will be to find it.
Health Canada offers these helpful tips about spotting new mould colonies:
Look for any areas in your home compromised by moisture. Condensation, standing water, stains, discoloured fabrics or flooring, and small leaks and drips are all good warning signs.
Any kind of musty, grassy, stale, or “old” odour can also be an indication that mould is starting to grow.
Patches of white (mildew), brown, green, or black on walls, tiles, flooring, grout, windowsills, and elsewhere are indications that a mould colony could be present.
Tackling Mould Cleanup
If you can dry your home out quickly, you will have a better chance of containing indoor mould growth. But remember, mould primarily travels by air, so you will need to clean more than just the floors and walls to keep the mould out for good.
This first step is often the hardest, because you need to discard anything that has been impacted by moisture or mould, including treasured clothing, art, books, and furnishings and even mattresses and pillows.
Next, you can begin to dry out compromised areas using air conditioning, dehumidification and plenty of ventilation.
A HEPA filter-equipped vacuum cleaner is the only safe way to vacuum carpeting or flooring inside a flooded home.
You can clean smaller mould colonies (those less than 3 meters), but for larger areas, it is better to hire a professional remediation company.
Make Sure the Mould Stays Gone for Good
Here are seven key ways to keep mould out of your home for good!
Install a heat recovery ventilator (air exchanger) to keep the humidity inside your home balanced and mould-intolerant.
Retrofit your HVAC unit duct system with a HEPA whole home filter to catch even the smallest mould spores as they try to pass through.
Convert permanently to a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA-rated filter to clean carpets and flooring.
Have any mattresses you plan to keep professionally cleaned.
Choose new home furnishings with care, including flooring, paneling, furniture, carpeting, blinds, drapes, paints and primers, stains and varnishes. Many of these items contain formaldehyde, volatile organic compounds, and other toxic gases that can pollute your indoor air further.
Use an air purifier to literally neutralize remaining mould spores as they pass through.
Consider a Timely HVAC Upgrade
Depending on the cause of your home’s mould outbreak, you may be entitled to some compensation through disaster relief grants or subsidies, or payouts through your homeowner’s insurance or overland flood insurance policy.
This can be a good time to consider upgrading your HVAC to one that is HEPA-rated (MERV 16 through 20).
Not only can this circumvent the need to install a HEPA whole home filtration system that can work with your existing HVAC unit, but you will also benefit from the considerable energy efficiency advantages that can lower your monthly utility bills.
According to the Energy Star program, if your HVAC unit is 10 years old or older, you could save up to 20 percent on your cooling and heating expenses annually by replacing it with a new energy-efficient combo.
Give Us a Call and Save 20 Percent on Mould Prevention Equipment
How would you like to save 20 percent on a whole home HEPA filtration system, whole home humidifier, whole home ultraviolet filtration system or whole home heat recovery ventilator?
If this sounds good, now is the time to take advantage of the savings, during our Breathe Clean Air Event! Right now, save 20 percent on any of these powerful air quality aids and wave goodbye to the threat of household mould forever!
Give us a call at 905-544-2470 or fill out this simple online form to claim your discount!