Indoor Air Quality

The indoor air quality in your home is important to the health and wellness of you and your family. There are several things that can have a negative affect on the air quality in your home, but there are a certain few things that can have an immediate positive affect on it.

HVAC equipment like new furnaces, air conditioners, and ductless air conditioners filter the air in your home of dust, pollen and bad smells. Regularly changing the filters on your equipment, having them cleaned and scheduling duct cleaning services where applicable is also a great way to ensure the indoor air quality of your home.

For more information about improving the air quality in your home contact Novel Care today. We have the knowledge and experience you need to ensure your air is healthy and safe for your family. Call: 416-921-0000.

The square footage of your functional area determines your heating, cooling, and ventilation requirements. If you modify the layout, usage, occupancy, or even the materials used to remodel your space, your HVAC system must also adapt.

More people equals less heating and more cooling

You may be doing your remodel to accommodate more people. Whether your family has grown, and you require an additional bedroom, or you have hired new coworkers for your business, you will be surrounded by more people.

For example, if you remodel a restaurant dining room to accommodate more customers, you will increase the occupancy of your area. The more people that occupy a certain space, the warmer it becomes. The average human generates around 80 watts of heat, or 275 BTU/h.

As a result, your dining room will require less heating in the winter and more cooling in the summer. You must ensure that your new HVAC system can accommodate these adjustments.

When usage of building areas is changed, heating and cooling requirements also change

You might remodel your office or workshop to make room for additional activities and better use of the space. For example, your manufacturing company may be growing and relocating into a new location that was previously operated as a warehouse. Your company will most likely use the area differently than the previous tenant.

A gym’s heating and cooling requirements will differ from that of a retail store. Not only will the activities be different, but so will the hours. Nonetheless, the ultimate goal remains the occupants’ comfort.

Because they generate excess heat, new electronics and computer equipment in the room may make a significant impact. Try to determine that the new HVAC system is designed in accordance with the new requirements.

Changing the overall layout requires changes in the duct work

Air ducts, as a major part of your ventilation system, carry the warm and cold air throughout the building. They were specifically designed to maximize comfort based on the old layout. When you relocate or open up walls, windows, doors, or even cubicles, you change the air flow throughout the place. If you don’t update the duct work in line with the layout changes, you’ll probably end up with undesirable hot and cold spots in your new place.

You need to control unpleasant odours

This is particularly significant if you work in the food, fitness, or health industries. It’s also a key factor to consider when remodelling washrooms, kitchens, and garbage disposal rooms; fresh air is essential.

To avoid these unpleasant odours in locations where they may irritate your clients or staff, control the air movement in the appropriate directions. Changing the layout alters the air flow as well. It must be addressed in order to keep those smelly kitchen or washrooms odor-free. Adding an air purifier can greatly improve the air quality.

Your old furnace and air conditioner may be incorrectly sized

New construction techniques and energy efficient materials affect the need for heating and cooling in your newly renovated space. Insulated windows, doors, and walls prevent drafts, which reduces both heating and cooling needs.

But this airtight construction won’t let in fresh outdoor air without powered ventilation and exhaust fans. New LED light fixtures produce less heat, which reduces your cooling needs but may increase heating requirements. You need to reevaluate the complete heating and cooling system.

Your existing furnace and air conditioner may be incorrectly sized for the new needs of your renovated space. In many cases, your current HVAC system is now oversized and wastes a lot of precious energy. You might want to add new alternative appliances, such as installing a heat pump to the system to further reduce your energy consumption and improve your comfort levels in your renovated space.

We realized that having just 5 ways to improve the indoor air quality in your home wasn’t enough, so here are 5 more that we thought might be useful.

Battle Mold

It’s no secret that mold in your home isn’t healthy in any form. It thrives in moist areas and can be tough and expensive to get rid of once it arrives. If you’re not sure about where to find mold in your home, check baseboards, radiators, and windowsills, and under any carpets in your basement. Problem areas should be cleaned with any non-toxic cleaners if possible. If you do need to go as far as to call a remediation company then ask them to do as healthy a clean up as possible.

Clean Natural Gas Appliances

Natural gas appliances are great in your home, but they need to be cleaned as well. If you’ve got an oven, fireplace, furnace, dryer or anything else that’s powered by natural gas, an annual inspection is the best way to prevent the presence of harmful airborne by-products that are a result of the combustion that occurs in gas appliances.

All Natural Cleaning Products

Cleaning products are filled with toxic chemicals and can even emit gas and airborne chemicals from sealed containers. When these chemicals are being used they also give off harmful smells and can really pollute your home’s indoor air quality. One of the best solutions is to replace all of your cleaners with all natural cleaning products. They’re not only a great way to improve your indoor air quality, they’re also biodegradable. You can also make your own cleaners using all-natural products like orange essence or white vinegar. Be sure to ventilate the air wherever you are cleaning, and then when you’re done, make sure everything is stored away safely and well-sealed.

Change Your Furnace Filter Often

One of the most important and easiest things you can do to improve your home’s indoor air quality. It’s important to use the right sized furnace filter for your home to minimize the dust and particles in the air, and to keep your furnace working properly. While changing your furnace’s air filter often will improve your indoor air quality, it will also help reduce the wear and tear on your furnace and lower your energy bills.

Smart Paints

All paint releases fine particles into the air in your home like VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). They can be irritants to the respiratory system, and can last in your home for years. Smart paints don’t have these compounds, so next time you paint think about the paint brands that you’re buying and choose ones that don’t have VOCs.

For more information about maintaining a great indoor air quality in your home contact Novel Care today: 416-921-0000.

All of us want to have cleaner and crisper air in our homes. While there are some obvious things that can be done, here are a few suggestions that you may not have considered to improve your home’s indoor air quality.

Clean Scents Are Healthier

Most candles give off toxic chemicals and pollute the air in your home. Air fresheners are an even more direct source of chemical pollutants, depending on the brand and type. Instead of using chemical pollutants, try burning essential oils and using a diffuser. A stove top solution can also provide a great smelling home. boiling cloves, cinnamon, and citrus fruits on a low simmer can also create a great smelling home.

Chemical Pesticides Kill Pests, How Healthy Can They Be?

Pesticides emit fine chemical particles that can be inhaled or ingested. These types of chemicals have been connected to birth defects, nerve damage and even different types of cancers. There are a number of natural pesticides that can do the very same thing and rid your home and outdoor areas of the insects you don’t want around.

Green Building Materials

There are many banned substances in Canada, such as formaldehyde, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t in the imported products that we buy. Some building materials from other countries may still have harmful chemicals in them. Imported products like laminate floors, insulation, and carpeting can all contain chemicals that can hurt you and your family. If you are not able to use locally made materials, then take steps ensure your home has proper ventilation and a means of filtering out unwanted toxins. This can be done with ultra-fine filtration on your home comfort systems or with a whole-home purification system to reduce the risks these toxins pose. This is also a great way to maintain great indoor air quality.

Rid Your Home Of Radon

Radon is naturally occurring in nature, but that doesn’t mean it’s not harmful. Ontario in particular can have high concentrations of radon in the ground. Radon can cause cancer when people are exposed to it and is created when certain types of organic materials break down in the earth beneath and around your home. Most new home developments will not be built on radon-contaminated soil; however, older buildings may still be affected. You may wish to hire a specialist to perform tests on the land surrounding your home. Radon can definitely have a negative impact on your indoor air quality.

Gas Oven Range Hood

Range hoods are designed to reduce the effect of exhaust from your stove and oven on your home’s indoor air quality. They take care of gas and other smells, and overall reduce the contaminants that occur from your stove and oven. The best way for your range hood to clean the air in your home and ensure good indoor air quality is for it to be the same width as your stove top. This is the best way for it to catch all of the particles in the air that rise from your stove.

For more information about improving the indoor air quality in your home contact Novel Care today: 416-921-0000