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.

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