Category Archives: Air Quality

Keeping Your Home’s Air Fresh: Tips for Air Circulation

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Wondering if split AC circulates fresh air? Learn the benefits of good ventilation in the home and more from D&B ClimateCare.

How to Keep Your Home’s Air Fresh: Air Circulation Tips

Getting enough air circulation in your home can sometimes be a challenge, especially if you don’t have the addition of fans or other alternatives to help circulate the air. A split air conditioning system is an ideal solution for this.

A split AC unit can change the temperature, humidity and general quality of indoor air. It separates the temperature from the humidity during operation, compared to some other AC units which do not.

But how exactly does a split AC circulate fresh air? Find out below.

How Does a Split AC Work?

Split AC systems cool and circulate air throughout your home. Instead of moving cool air inside, they push unwanted heat out. Heat is taken from the room and cold air is pushed back in.

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The split AC system consists of an outdoor and indoor unit and unlike regular air conditioners, doesn’t have duct work. The outdoor unit consists of a condenser and compressors, while the indoor unit has a blower with evaporation. The two work together to provide effective cooling.

How Does Split AC Affect Air Quality?

Unfortunately, indoor air quality (IAQ) is more than ten times more polluted than outside air, with pollutants contributing to respiratory conditions like asthma and allergies.

To combat this, installing a ductless air conditioning unit improves humidity and IAQ by absorbing hot air and decreasing the air temperature overall. This makes the air less capable of holding moisture. Moisture that remains is then transferred to the unit’s condenser. As a result, there is less condensation on widows and your home’s humidity level is well controlled.

In addition, with less humidity, there are less pathogens that exist to contribute to illness and allergens. Split AC systems also usually have a multistage filtration that decreases the level of air particles such as dust, bacteria, allergens and pollen. This provides better quality indoor air overall.

Importance of Good Air Ventilation in Your Home

A poor ventilation system alongside indoor air pollution opens your household up to a number of health concerns such as allergies, rashes, headaches, asthma, and more. Installing a good ventilation system can put a stop to these.

Here are some additional reasons why having good air ventilation is important:

  • Your home can often become hot and stuffy if there are many people in a confined space for a prolonged period of time. A well-ventilated room will instantly make everyone feel more comfortable.
  • Although good for your physical health, a well-ventilated home will stay fresher for longer. It will be pleasant and relaxing and you can prevent the build-up of stale and musty odours.
  • Condensation can lead to damp, mouldy and rotten surfaces. Having good ventilation in place will reduce your risk.
  • The ability to control airflow and ventilation can help you save on your energy bill.

Experience the benefits of improved indoor air quality and a balanced humidity level this summer with split AC! Contact D&B ClimateCare for all of your heating and cooling needs.

3 Reasons Why You Should Update Your Carbon Monoxide Detector

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If you’ve been fortunate enough, you’ve probably had your carbon monoxide detector for years and years without it ever going off.

And if you’re like most homeowners in Simcoe, Port Dover, and Tillsonburg, you only think about your CO alarm twice a year: When the clocks change and you test the batteries.

Just like many appliances, your carbon monoxide detector can lose its effectiveness as it ages.

That – among other reasons – is why you should update your current alarm with a new one from D&B ClimateCare.

1. Carbon monoxide detectors have expiry dates

Did you know that carbon monoxide alarms have a limited lifespan of approximately 6 years?

It’s true. And this information can usually be found in the instruction manual which came with your detector.

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However, if you don’t have the manual with you, here’s how you can find this information:

  • Remove the carbon monoxide alarm from the wall.
  • Look at the back or inside the battery cover.
  • You should either find an expiration date or a build date.

Should your alarm have a build date stamped on it, add 6 years to find out when it’ll expire.

Here are a few reasons why CO detectors have a limited lifespan:

  • Humidity and temperature changes can impact the accuracy of the sensors inside the alarm.
  • Older models with digital readouts may not display the proper CO levels in your home.

2. Testing the batteries does not guarantee your alarm works (but you should always test them anyway)

As mentioned off the top of this blog, you probably test the batteries twice per year and change them as needed.

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But testing your batteries does not mean your alarm is in good working order (especially if it’s older).

Pushing the test button usually checks the following elements:

  • Battery.
  • Horn/alarm.
  • Circuits.

It does not test the gas sensing element inside the unit. The only true way to test that is to expose it to carbon monoxide.

Since compromising your indoor air quality with CO isn’t an option, your safest bet is to swap out your old alarm for a new one.

3. Your alarm tells you it needs replacing

Many carbon monoxide detectors come with an “end-of-life” feature that clearly indicates it’s time for a new alarm.

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These alerts vary from alarm-to-alarm. For example, they could be:

  • Persistent beeping (i.e. 2 times every 30 seconds).
  • Digital display readouts (some alarms will display the word “End” when it’s no longer functional).
  • After a specific time frame (such as 30 days), the “end-of-life” alarm cannot be silenced.

If your carbon monoxide detector begins to beep consistently and updates the digital display, first and foremost, confirm there is no leak inside your home.

Afterwards, check the alarm instruction manual (or look it up online) to determine if it’s time for a replacement.

How D&B ClimateCare helps

When you select a WeCare Maintenance Plan or WeCare Protection Plan for your home heating or home cooling systems, you can purchase a new carbon monoxide alarm which we’ll install for you

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Here are some other tips to maximize the effectiveness of your CO detector:

  • Place a CO detector on every floor of your home.
  • Ensure alarms are installed near every sleeping area.
  • Any room with a gas appliance (furnace, gas fireplace, stove, etc.) should have an alarm nearby.
  • CO has the same density as air, it doesn’t rise, nor does it sink. Alarms should be placed approximately 5 feet from the ground.

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Carbon monoxide is known as “the silent killer.”

It’s colourless. It’s odourless. And it’s deadly.

The only way to protect you and your family from it is with a working, up-to-date carbon monoxide alarm.

Contact us with any questions you have. We’ll get back to you ASAP with the answers and information you need.

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Stay Safe At Home: How Installing a CO Detector Can Save Your Life

co2-detectorDid you know? Installing a carbon monoxide (CO) detector can mean the difference between life and death!

The colourless, odorless and tasteless gas is untraceable without a CO detector.  Inhaling low levels of carbon monoxide can lead to symptoms like headaches and impaired motor functions. Even worse, higher levels can be especially dangerous causing loss of consciousness or even death.

In 2008, Conservative MPP Ernie Hardeman addressed the CO issue by introducing a bill requiring households to install CO detectors to identify carbon monoxide. You can check out the ‘Safe at Home’ website for more details on Ontario’s CO bill, prevention programs and safety tips: http://www.safeathome.ca.

The bill was created as a result of the deaths of Ontario Provincial Police officer Laurie Hawkins, her husband Richard and their two children, when carbon monoxide seeped into their house because of a blocked chimney. The Hawkins’ weren’t the only family that lost their lives to carbon monoxide poisoning, 250 people in the province were killed by the gas over the last decade.

As part of our commitment to home safety and comfort, ClimateCare Canada has partnered with the Hawkins-Gignac Foundation. ClimateCare will support the efforts of the foundation by educating homeowners on the imminent need for CO detectors in the household.  For more information on the Hawkins-Gignac Foundation and their efforts, visit: http://www.endthesilence.ca.

The number of deaths in Ontario may lessen with new provincial laws. Soon, it will be mandatory for CO detectors to be installed in every home with a fuel-burning device, attached garage or carport. Until then, here are some ways you can protect your household from carbon monoxide leaks:

  • Get a CO detector. The detectors often cost $50 or less.
  • Ensure your furnace, gas fireplace and hot water tank are well maintained.
  • Don’t let vehicles idle in the garage and keep the garage door connecting to the house, closed.

Air quality and safety in the home

We know that the comfort and safety of your family is number one. You can reduce the risk of dust particles, bacterial growth, radon, carbon monoxide poisoning, gas leaks and fires by keeping the condition of your furnace clean and efficient. And according to the American Lung Association, you avoid the possibility of respiratory conditions, bodily irritations, illness and disease by having clean air flow in the home.

August is traditionally a bad time for allergy sufferers, and this group of people tend to hide inside to avoid the pollens and plants that give them those awful symptoms. What these people need to remember is that indoor air quality is important to help alleviate the symptoms too!

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), one of the most important ways that you can reduce the build-up of indoor air pollution is to properly ventilate your home. Take advantage of the days that you can open your windows, avoid hard cleaning products and ask your father in law to stop smoking his pipe in the house. Furthermore you can use exhaust fans that send their exhaust outside of the home, or even install an air filtration system with a HEPA filter.

On average, you should have your ducts and HVAC system cleaned out and sprayed with a disinfectant every 1 to 2 years. If you’re a new home owner, duct cleaning and air cleaning should be one of the first things you do before turning on your central air conditioner or furnace. If you or the previous home owners have pets, smoke inside or if there is a lot of old carpet you should consider getting your system cleaned more frequently. If anyone in the home has health concerns such as allergies or asthma, you should be getting your system cleaned a minimum of once a year.

Without sounding too much like your mother, we’d like to ask you to change your furnace filter as part of your regular cleaning routines. When you allow it to go too long, you risk wearing out your blower quicker, using much more electricity or gas, and you won’t get the most efficient use out of your system – or your paycheck.

Not only can you ensure the safety of your family with regular HVAC and duct cleaning but research has demonstrated that it can help reduce power cost and conserve energy. It will run more efficiently and decrease the chance of break down.

If you have further questions or would like book a maintenance service, please contact us!

Investing in Whole House Humidifiers

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Smaller humidifiers take up space you don’t necessarily want to spare.

Do you have humidifiers at home?

Some families leave space for a humidifier in every room. Sometime in November they bring the humidifier squad out of storage and leave one humidifier on the bedside table in each bedroom, filling and turning them on every night.

The humidifiers in other rooms of the house eat up valuable shelf space and ruin the comfortable aesthetic you enjoy. But without them, your family is plagued by nosebleeds, cracked skin, dry coughs and other winter nonsense.

Upgrade your furnace from $35.99 a month and don’t pay for 6 months!

From here, is it difficult to see the benefits of a whole house humidifier? Vs. a portable unit the choice is easy.

Read on to see why a whole house humidifier is the only way to go.

Humid air, not damp.

There’s a reason the desert is short on life and the rainforest is crawling with it. Humidity is more conducive to life.

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A whole house humidifier stays out of the way and services your entire house.

Plants in humid environments scrub the air more efficiently and display better overall health. This is as true for the plants in your home as it is for the giant Douglas fir trees on the west coast of Canada.

The plants help filter contaminants out of the air at home, keeping your family healthy. Humidity in the air also helps with that.

Dry air makes your body more vulnerable to cold and flu viruses. Studies show a direct relationship between high humidity and low flu infections.

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We also sleep better in moderately humid environments. The humidity helps keep your nasal passages clear and lubricated. It also helps take care of your sinuses. Humidity reduces the possibility of infection by keeping our mucous membranes moist and allowing the hairs in the sinus to trap and expel things that aren’t supposed to be there.

Humidity also keeps your skin from cracking (well, it contributes to softer skin. You probably still have to use a moisturizer in the winter).

Saving money is good, too!

One of the most compelling benefits of a whole house humidifier is the reduction of heating bills.

Humid air carries heat differently and feels warmer than dry air at the exact same temperature. A good humidifier, one which fits with the size of your house, will allow you to run the furnace at a lower temperature all winter.

For every degree you heat your house, add about 4% to your energy bill. For every degree you take away from your current thermostat setting, your bill reduces by 4%. That can account for a few hundred dollars in savings across the winter.

Need help choosing your new humidifier?

A whole house humidifier will keep the humidity even across your entire house.

It requires less maintenance and less daily work than your current solution (if you move around a bunch of smaller units). You can even sign up for a maintenance plan so we take care of it and you can rest easy knowing your family, home and wallet are in good hands.

Give us a call today.

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