Improve the Indoor Air Quality of your Ottawa Home


Experts agree that as our homes are made to be more energy efficient, the quality of our indoor air worsens.

Tightly built homes certainly may save on heating and cooling costs, but they also have direct negative consequences – they prevent the infiltration of fresh air and the evacuation of contaminated air. This results in negative health consequences for the people living or working inside. GasCo Residential Services offers many solutions for improving the air quality in your home.

 

Solutions
1. Sanuvox UV systems
2. Humidifiers
3. Heat Recovery Ventilators and Energy Recovery Ventilators
4. Indoor Air Quality Testing

1. Sanuvox UV light Systems

Ultra Violet (UV) light, whether produced from the sun or from mechanical means, has been proven to destroy airborne contaminants. Problems arise inside our homes when we inadvertently allow contaminant levels to build. Because the sun cannot effectively deal with the pollution inside our homes, it is wise to add mechanical air purification.

Contamination comes from many sources. Dangerous volatile organic compounds (VOCs) off-gas from new carpets, furniture, paint, and other chemicals. Viruses and Bacteria are introduced by people and pets. Odors linger from bathrooms, cooking, or smoking. These airborne contaminants are often regularly distributed through your home by your heating or cooling system.

GasCo Residential Services is a registered Factory Authorized Dealer with Sanuvox Ultraviolet Air Treatment Systems. Sanuvox is an industry leader in Air purification systems and offers effective solutions for any home. Take the step to call us and find out more about cleaning the air you breathe and improving the health of you and your family.


2. Humidifiers

Humidifiers play an important role in a home, particularly in the winter. Air in the winter tends to be more dry than in summer and this effect is often noticeable to a building’s occupants. Have you ever wondered why 70 degrees (F) ambient temperature in the home in winter may not feel warm enough? And conversely, why 70 degrees (F) ambient temperature in the home during the summer months may feel excessively warm? The answer is humidity. Humid air holds more heat than dry air. Adding a humidification system to your furnace will allow you to feel warmer at a given temperature, resulting in lower heating costs. As added benefits, proper humidification can protect furniture, musical instruments, and wood flooring from drying out/cracking as well as improving many respiratory conditions. Using suppliers such as VanEE, Honeywell, and White Rogers, ask us how we can make your home more comfortable.


3. Heat Recovery Ventilators & Energy Recovery Ventilators

Heat Recovery Ventilators (HRVs) and Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERVs) replace stale indoor air with fresh outdoor air while offering humidity and heat loss control. Because houses today tend to be sealed up more tightly than in years past, these mechanical air exchange systems are becoming more and more necessary and have a significant impact on maintaining the good health of a building’s occupants.


4. Indoor Air Quality Testing – Canary Air Quality Assurance

The Canary Air Quality Assurance® program measures 6 key factors associated with air quality. These factors, recognized as critical by Canada’s Healthy Indoors Partnership (HIP), are analyzed and compared to acceptable levels. They include: temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, particles and total volatile organic compounds (TVOCs).

 

The process works as follows:
  1. The air quality monitor is placed in a specific room for a 24 hour period. Regular samples of the air are taken and the results are recorded.
  2. After the initial 24 hour period, the monitor is moved to a second room for the same duration.
  3. A third room is then selected where the monitor is placed for an additional 24 hours.
  4. The monitor is then removed from the home and the information is downloaded and processed. A thorough report is generated illustrating the results.

Depending on the findings of the air quality test, several recommendations may be made to reduce or eliminate any unacceptable condition. Humidifiers, duct cleaning, HEPA filters, HRVs/ERVs, and ultra violet (UV) light air purifiers are just a few of the methods that can be suggested to improve the quality of your indoor air. Call now to reserve your Indoor Air Quality test and you’ll be well on your way to ensuring a safe and healthy environment for your family.