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What is good air quality

What Is Good Indoor Air Quality?

Good indoor air is characterized by the absence of contaminants of any kind, whether biological or chemical, in gaseous or particulate form. It should have no odour -- though it is important to note that the reverse is not true -- absence of an odour does not mean absence of contaminants. It should have no irritating or adverse health effect on occupants. It should have the right temperature and relative humdity for health and comfort of the occupants. In 1979, the World Health Organization convened experts who recommended that guidelines be drawn up to protect the health of the occupants...Read More
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Sources of Air Duct Contamination

All inside air was once outside air, so all of the dust, chemicals, pollen, insects and mold spores in the outside air can be pulled into your indoor air system. People shed millions of tiny dead skin cells every hour. Cooking smoke, cigarette smoke, aerosol sprays and personal care products are also additional sources of pollutants. Many construction materials as well as carpets, wood products and plastics give off pollutants and odors as well. During construction or during renovations, many types of dust are also produced and they often find their way into the ductwork. This is especially true if...Read More

Proactive IAQ Management

A large percentage of complaints that are related to indoor air quality can be avoided by routine inspections of a facility's occupied space and its mechanical systems by someone knowledgeable about and sensitive to IAQ issues. Minor complaints can also be prevented in many cases from escalating into a full-blown crises simply with good communication between building occupants and the facility's management team. A quick response to IAQ concerns is both prudent and extremely helpful. Proactive measures to help maintain good indoor air quality would at a minimum include: Designating an IAQ manager Developing an IAQ facility profile Identifying potential...Read More

Breaking The Sickness Cycle With Cleaner Air

The chances of catching a cold or other sickness from someone else in your home has never been greater. The reason is today's homes have improved air sealing. While this is good from an energy conservation standpoint, the decrease in natural ventilation means contagions stay in the air longer, allowing them to spread. A thorough air duct cleaning that includes the cleaning of your furnace fan and coil, combined with the installation of a high efficiency whole house air cleaning system (HEPA Air Cleaner) can greatly reduce the chances of getting sick by removing airborne contagions like bacteria and viruses....Read More

Duct Cleaning Procedure

The duct cleaning procedure in a Toronto area home starts with a visual inspection of your heating and air duct system. Hoses are then run from the truck and into your home. A vacuum hose is usually brought in through a basement window, or sometimes it is set up through your front door and down the basement stairs. An air hose is run from the truck to the top floor, usually to the furthest air vent from the truck. Access holes are created in the duct system, and the vacuum hose is inserted directly into the duct system. Once the...Read More
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