It seems pretty obvious to us that any Albertan would prefer to have fresh, clean air in their home rather than breathe in pollutants, but the various things that impact the quality of the air you breathe in your home aren’t always so obvious. This is a real frustration because the impact poor air quality has on you and your family’s health is undeniable. A poor ventilation system will create an environment that’s full of dust and allergens and hair. It will keep air too humid, allowing mould to grow, or too dry, causing coughs and chapped lips. Worst of all, the air you breathe may very well be contaminated by various chemicals.
Many Calgary homes experience condensation, but you may not have realized it before. Ever noticed little drops of water on the outside of a cold drink? Everyone has. But, do you know what causes it? Water condenses from vapour in the air to droplets because of shifts in temperature. The same process happens in your home when temperatures outside drop; the cold air can no longer hold the moisture and invisible water vapour in the air becomes visible droplets of water on a cooler surface. You may notice condensation on any exterior wall, window, door, and even the floor during the winter.
Condensation is the most common form of humidity during the winter, and it can eventually lead to mould growth. If left unattended, mould will grow throughout your house leaving a musty smell, damaging the structural integrity of your home, and even causing serious health problems. To avoid this problem, your home needs a good HVAC system that controls humidity and keeps it between 30%-40%. Dropping the humidity any lower than that can result in dry, itchy skin, a cough that won’t go away, chapped lips, etc.
Make a Healthier Living Environment!
A good HVAC system that distributes clean air and controls humidity will help alleviate asthma and allergies. It will also help to prevent pests. Dust mites prefer dirty, moist air because they eat the detritus that collects in carpets and in your vents. This is particularly problematic because dust mites can cause various allergic reactions or even asthma attacks.
Breathe Less Polluted Air!
A wide variety of chemicals, invisible to the naked eye, can be found in indoor air and create health hazards. It’s hard to believe that the air indoors could be more polluted than the air outside, but it sometimes is. There are numerous chemicals found in cleaning products, candles, incense, new furniture, packaging, vaping or smoking, and more. Many of them can cause negative side-effects when they are dispersed in a home that lacks adequate ventilation. From air fresheners to cosmetics and permanent markers, there are hundreds of products in every home than can reduce air quality. A clean, well maintained HVAC system will constantly introduce clean, fresh, filtered air from outside and funnel air contaminated by chemicals out of the house.
A great ventilation system is essential to your family’s health and wellbeing. Breathing air with the wrong amount of moisture or that has been polluted will aggravate asthma and allergies. Give everyone in your family a breath of fresh air, call Fresh Air Furnace today!