Why HVAC is Important to a Healthy Workplace

• • health focus, HVAC

How many factors play a role in the quality of indoor air quality (IAQ)? For starters, rainscreens and wall caps that protect the building envelope, definitely improve IAQ many residential and commercial buildings by preventing mold and rot. Next on the list is a properly designed and maintained HVAC system – an essential part of […]

Why Healthy HVAC is Vital to the Well Building Standard

• • health focus, safety, technology focus

As an HVAC professional you know the impact buildings have on your customers’ daily lives. From providing heating and cooling and ventilation, and protecting the integrity of the building envelope, you make choices every day to improve their well-being. As issues such as air quality attract more attention, your customers will be looking for ways […]

Choosing a Furnace Filter: What MERV Means to You

• • health focus, Heating, HVAC

The air filter in a furnace is the best defense against damage to an HVAC system and poor indoor air quality in a home. The furnace filter traps particles such as dust, animal dander, pollen, mold spores and dust mites, preventing the buildup of these particles on the furnace’s fan and heat exchanger. Dust buildup […]

How Ventilation Removes Radon from the Home

• • Construction methods, health focus, safety

November has been declared Radon Action Month in Canada. What is Radon? In case you didn’t know, it’s one of the most dangerous carcinogens we can get exposed to. Where does Radon come from? It’s a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is formed during the radioactive decay process of uranium and thorium. These are the […]

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Retrofitting Bathroom Fans

• • health focus, vents

It’s surprising how many older homes lack bathroom fans. In the past, when there was little concern over wasted energy, open windows were the solution to bathroom odors and humidity. Bathrooms easily create the most moisture and humidity in the home. This rise in humidity encourages the growth of mold, mildew and other microorganisms, which […]

How to Prevent pests entering your attic

• • health focus, vents

It’s the time of year again when many animals are looking for a nice warm, dry spot to give birth and raise their young. Guess what – attics are one of the prime locations for rodents. Already, all kinds of pests have been looking for easy ways to get into an attic. During the summer […]

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Spring Cleaning Your HVAC System

• • health focus, safety, vents

Most of us are concerned with the air we breathe, particularly if we live in polluted urban areas. But how many of us realize that the air in our home and workplaces can be even more toxic? Some of the pollutants circulating through buildings’ HVAC systems are not only dangerous to those with compromised immune […]

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HVAC Getting Smarter in 2015

• • Cooling, health focus, Heating, HVAC, technology focus

Your phone is smart, but is your HVAC system also? In 2015, the number of people able to answer yes will grow significantly. “Smart” has become a driving force throughout the HVAC industry. Whether through the offering of increasingly interactive HVAC devices, or simply greater efficiency, HVAC is rapidly getting smarter. House apps Of course, […]

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How to keep dryer exhaust vents safe

• • Construction methods, health focus, safety

Clothes dryer exhaust vents are likely one of the riskiest construction elements contained in a home.  In the United States, they are responsible for more than 12,000 fires every year. The combination of lint and high temperatures can spell disaster, often with few obvious warning signs. Proper airflow through an exhaust vent is key to […]

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What every homebuilder needs to know about radon

• • Construction methods, health focus, safety

Did you know radon is a threat all homebuilders should be aware of?  It is the second leading cause of lung cancer in Canada, and is present at dangerous levels in thousands of homes across North America.  Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally as part of the decay process of minerals found in the ground. […]

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Why duct cleaners need easy-to-access HVAC systems

• • health focus, product focus

Just like building technologies, maintenance practices are constantly changing and should be carefully monitored. One of the home upkeep services currently growing in popularity is duct cleaning. Increasing awareness of allergies, air quality, and perceived risks associated with clogged vents is driving concern and action on the part of homeowners. Mechanical contractors, builders and industry suppliers […]