Improve your home’s air
Sponsored Content - Jun 26, 2019 - Think Local

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Air quality inside your home is something that can’t be ignored.

The Environmental Protection Agency, after all, has found that the air inside your four walls can be two to 10 times worse than outside. As a result, it can be tough for some immune systems to fight off all the particles, germs and gases that can be found inside the homes of today. Allergies, illness, and long-term health can all be affected by the quality of the air you breathe.

“That is definitely one reason to ensure the air that enters your lungs is clean,” says Jeff Ballard of Comfort Tech Heating & Cooling Ltd. “More surprising is how dirty air can affect your pocketbook.”

Ballard points out that accumulation of dirt, dust and other particles can result in biological growth inside your heating and cooling system, which can then affect equipment performance. If the equipment is not functioning at a proper level it can affect the efficiency of your system, which in turn can increase what you pay for utilities.

And if you think your home is not affected by pollutants, you are likely misinformed. The Massachusetts-based Silent Spring Institute conducted a 2017 study that found 100 per cent of homes it tested contained toxic compounds, including pesticides, cleaning compounds, and chemicals found in furniture and building materials.

“In the Okanagan Valley, we unfortunately have a new season that we are now dealing with every summer—wildfire season,” Ballard says. “Smelling the smoke is bad enough, but breathing it in can really have an impact on our health.”

While it might be impossible to completely rid your home’s atmosphere of potentially dangerous particles, one way to make a serious dent in it is through your heating and cooling system. They move more than one million cubic feet of air through your home every day, so installing a whole-house, air-cleaning system through your heating and cooling equipment can work wonders.

“We have spent a lot of time researching the possible solutions for indoor air quality problems specific to where we live,” Ballard says. “We installed a complete home solution in our own home last year. I have always suffered from severe allergies every year, but recently my wife pointed out that I haven’t had a single issue this spring.  That is truly remarkable to me.”

A whole-house, air-cleaning system can take control of:
• dirt and dust that accumulates inside your heating and cooling system, whose efficiency can be reduced by as much as 30 to 50 per cent by those contaminants;
• the allergens that cause allergic reactions and asthmatic attacks;
• organisms such as germs, mold, spores, bacteria and viruses;
• noxious odours created by people, pets, smoke, solvents, carpets and vinyl coverings;
• toxins created by pressed-wood products and other materials that cause human ailments.

A whole-house, air-cleaning system that cleans, disinfects and deodorizes your home 24 hours a day is much more effective than units designed for just a room or two.

Most importantly, it will give you and your loved ones peace of mind.

This article is written by or on behalf of the sponsoring client and does not necessarily reflect the views of Okanagan Edge.

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