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HEPA Filter vs MERV Filter - Which Is Better for Your Indoor Air Quality?

CleanAir Solutions in Hamilton, Ontario, compare and contract a HEPA filter vs. a MERV filter.

HEPA Filter vs MERV Filter - Which Is Better for Your Indoor Air Quality?

Two years ago, the topic of air filtration rarely came up. And if you were talking about indoor air quality, you were probably just working in a related industry.

Today, all that has changed. Now, everyone is interested in filtering and purifying their indoor air. We realize that air quality is directly linked to health! It can even help protect us from coronavirus and many other airborne illnesses and pollutants.

But what isn't quite so clear yet is what does what. There is a whole new language to learn, complete with new acronyms and vocabulary!

In this post, we tackle one of the most common sources of indoor air quality confusion. A MERV filter vs a HEPA filter. 

What does each type of air filtration system have to offer? How can you be sure which one is best for you? Let's find out!

What Is a MERV filter?

MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. Air quality experts often talk about "MERVs” when they are discussing the effectiveness of various air filters to capture a certain class of airborne solid particulates.

MERV-rated air filters are designed to capture particles between 0.03 and 10 microns in diameter. To give you some perspective, 0.03 microns is about 1.181102e-6's of an inch and 10 microns is about 0.00039's of an inch.

So here, we are talking about pretty small particles.

Still, not all air filters are capable of capturing the smallest airborne solid particles.

This is where we turn to MERV ratings to help us select the air filter that is right for our indoor air quality concerns and needs.

Let's take a quick look at the ASHRAE official MERV rating chart to get a sense of how this might work.

  • MERV rating 1-4: can trap pollen, dust mites, carpet fibres, dust/sawdust.
  • MERV rating 5-8: all of the above plus mould spores, lint and concrete dust.
  • MERV rating 9-12: all of the above plus lead dust, legionella, coal dust and humidifier/nebulizer dust.
  • MERV rating 13-16: all of the above plus tobacco smoke, bacteria, car fumes, insecticide dust, cosmetic dust, sneeze particles, copier ink fumes and pet dander.
  • MERV rating 17-20: all of the above plus virus particles and carrier particles, salt, carbon and radon dust, micro-allergens and combustion smoke.

What Is a HEPA Filter?

HEPA stands for High-Efficiency Particulate Air. But are there different types of HEPA filters?

Not really. All true HEPA filters must have passed the HEPA standard test for filtration efficiency.

So be careful when reviewing the marketing information about different types of air filters. For example, saying a filter is "HEPA-like" is not the same as saying a filter is a HEPA filter.

There is also such a thing as medical-grade HEPA. The difference between regular HEPA (HEPA 10-12) and medical-grade HEPA (HEPA 13-14) is a very small one, but is vital if what you are trying to trap is a tiny COVID-19 aerosol riding on an equally tiny solid airborne particulate.

At a minimum, any HEPA filter you choose should be rated as a true HEPA filter.

 

Can You Upgrade Your MERV Filter to Work With Your Existing HVAC?

Every day, we get calls from excited homeowners and employers who want to know if they can just take out their existing HVAC air filter and put in a higher-rated MERV filter or a HEPA filter instead.

We truly wish it were this easy.

But the truth is, there is a reason the furnace and A/C you have right now is only rated to work with a certain level of MERV filter. The reason has to do with the blower motor and fan.

The highest-rated MERV filters and all HEPA filters are made of incredibly dense material. They have to be dense to trap such incredibly tiny airborne particles.

This means the HVAC blower motor must be incredibly powerful to push air through the filter with sufficient force so that the unwelcome particles get trapped in the air filter.

If you try to retrofit an HVAC system with a higher grade of MERV filter (or HEPA equivalent) than it is rated to run with, you run a very high risk of either overheating the blower motor and starting a fire or literally burning out the blower motor.

 

What Can You Do to Improve Indoor Air Filtration Without a New HVAC system?

Luckily, there is another way you can improve the air filtration at your home or workplace without having to upgrade your entire HVAC system.

What we recommend here is to upgrade to a new standalone or integrated HEPA filter system.

There are two ways you can do this.

We can add on an aftermarket HEPA filtration system if you have a central HVAC system that works with an existing air duct system. This system will bypass the blower motor and filter the air after it leaves your furnace, AC and before it enters your air ducts for distribution.

If you do not have ducts, we can add one or more standalone HEPA air filtration units that are appropriately sized for the size of your space.

This is an efficient and affordable way to get all the benefits of HEPA-grade air filtration today.

 

Shipton's CleanAir Solutions in Hamilton, Ontario, is Your Indoor Air Filtration Expert

We are proud to have been serving our customers in Hamilton, Ontario, and surrounding areas for nearly 100 years!

Our residential and commercial HVAC and indoor air quality clients trust us to provide superior air duct cleaning, air filtration, ventilation and a wide variety of other highly effective indoor air quality aids. We even offer air purifier and whole-house humidifier solutions! 

Give our friendly, experienced technicians a call at 1-905-549-2470 or visit us online to learn more about all the ways we can help you and your family stay safe and healthy at home.

P.S. Right now, bundle and save $100 when you purchase one of our professional air duct cleaning services with either a whole-house humidifier or ultraviolet air purifier. Contact us for details!

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Can Professional Air Duct Cleaning Services Help Limit Asthma and Allergy Symptoms? Find out Here!

Shipton's CleanAir Solutions explores how air duct cleaning services can help reduce allergy and asthma symptoms.

Can Professional Air Duct Cleaning Services Help Limit Asthma and Allergy Symptoms? Find out Here!

"Stay inside," they said. "You will have fewer allergy symptoms," they promised. But we are now finding out that the opposite is often the case! Especially with sensitive individuals, such as young children and the elderly.

What is causing the shift? Toxic indoor air.

The average person spends less than five minutes a day outdoors. And the pandemic has caused us to stay home even more than usual. If you and your family are breathing the same indoor air day in and day out, you really need to know that your home air is safe to breathe.

Read on to find out what to do to help your kids - and you - breathe easier and feel better. We’ll discuss how to test air quality in-home, mold removal, and the benefits of both a whole-house humidifier installation and air duct cleaning services

 

Is Your Home's Indoor Air Harming Your Kids?

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average person's indoor air is up to five times more toxic than the air outside. Modern, airtight and insulated homes have made this problem much worse by literally trapping the airborne toxins indoors! 

3 Places You Can Find Airborne Toxins In Your Home:

  1. Off-gassing from mattresses and furnishings
  2. Toxins found in home cleaning and personal care products
  3. Fumes from craft glues and so-called air fresheners

Chances are, your home's indoor air is a recipe for respiratory distress! 

Right now, stop reading and just take a quick look around your space. What do you see? What do you smell? Can you pronounce the ingredients on that bottle of counter cleaning spray? What about the scented candle in your bathroom - what is it made of?

The truth is, we are all tempted to blame the great outdoors for our respiratory symptoms. But all too often, the real culprits are the ones we bring home with us.

 

When Should You Book Your Air Duct Cleaning Services?

According to the EPA, there are four key signs to watch for that will tell you when it is time to consider professional air duct cleaning services.

1. When you see mold on, around or inside your air registers, exhaust vents, duct surfaces and heating and cooling components.

2. When you have or are now dealing with an insect, vermin or rodent infestation.

3. When you can see visible signs of dust and debris exiting your air registers or HVAC components. 

4. When your air ducts have accumulated built-up dust and debris that has gotten trapped inside.

Now, reading through this list, you can see it may be tricky to determine whether some of these criteria apply to you. This is especially true if you have no idea whether the previous homeowner did any maintenance on the ductwork at all.

So how can you know if your home is overdue for indoor air duct cleaning services?

 

How to Tell If Your Air Ducts Need to be Professionally Cleaned

Here at Shipton's CleanAir Solutions, we are not a fan of doing an indoor air duct cleaning sight unseen.

This is why we always start every air duct cleaning evaluation by taking a look inside your air ducts and inviting you to look along with us!

How do we do this?

Our professional Rotovision video inspection system allows us to insert a tiny camera up into your air ducts. This tiny camera is linked to a larger external video monitor so we can see exactly what is lurking inside your air ducts.

(Want to see this in action for yourself? We invite you to watch this short video of a client's RotoVision ductwork inspection.)

Is your primary problem dust? Mildew? Insect debris? Rodent waste? Mold? All of the above? We won't have to guess. Rather, we will look together and decide what the best approach should be.

This systematic approach also ensures that if any advance prep work needs to be done, like mold removal, we can take care of that first to safeguard you and your family.

There have also been cases where we insert the tiny camera up into a customer's ductwork and discover the air ducts really don't need to be cleaned. In this case, we will defer the treatment and offer you other recommendations for any indoor air quality concerns you may have.

If you’re not sure how to test air quality in-home, we can help! Contact our team today to learn more about home indoor air quality testing!


 

What to Expect During Your Superior Air Duct Cleaning Appointment From Shipton’s CleanAir Solutions

So, how does duct cleaning work, really? And what actually happens during an air duct cleaning service call? 

After we verify that your ducts do need cleaning, our crew gets to work. The Rotobrush unit is low-profile and portable to allow minimal disruption to your living space.

Our technicians will remove your air registers to clean and sanitize them for you. While we do this, the Rotobrush air duct cleaning system snakes through your entire air duct system, securely suctioning out all debris into a commercial-grade vacuum container.

Our home air duct cleaning services take between three and five hours. This means that in less than half a day we can drastically improve your home’s indoor air quality! 

Your air duct cleaning result is air so clean that our customers often say they can literally smell the difference!

 

How Much is Duct Cleaning? Bundle and Save on Our Air Duct Cleaning Services Today!

Worried about your air duct cleaning cost? Right now, you can save $100 when you bundle together our professional air duct cleaning services with your choice of either a whole home ultraviolet air purifier or a whole-house humidifier.

Choose from any one of our three popular indoor air duct cleaning services to claim your special $100 savings.

 

Shipton's CleanAir Solutions Is Your Trusted Ontario Duct Cleaning Expert

If someone in your family suffers from allergies or asthma, give them the gift of better health with a superior air duct cleaning for your home. We offer duct cleaning in Brantford, Burlington, Hamilton and surrounding areas!

Not all air duct cleaning companies are the same. We don't just tell you how air duct cleaning can improve your respiratory health - we show you!

Learn more about our cutting-edge Rotobrush system to clean, sanitize and disinfect your ducts using the same EPA-certified products used in many hospitals and nursing homes.

Give your family the gift of better health, better sleep and better quality of life with air duct cleaning services. Ready to get started? Call your friendly Shipton's CleanAir Solutions service technician at 1-905-549-2470 or schedule a no-obligation quote here!

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What Is the Right Winter Setting for Your Whole House Humidifier?

CleanAir Solutions in Hamilton, Ontario, discusses the best winter settings for your whole-house humidifier.

What Is the Right Winter Setting for Your Whole House Humidifier?

Up. Down. Wet. Dry. Windy. This is Ontario Canada's unpredictable winter season at a glance. Just when we think we know what is to come, it changes again.

This can make winter the most difficult season for staying healthy. Your sinuses - the gateway to accessing the interior of your body - can't keep up with the increase in threats plus the chronically changing environmental conditions.

Too much damp encourages mould and mildew. Too much dry hangs out the welcome sign for cold, flu and COVID-19 droplets to come in and make themselves at home.

Adding a whole-house humidifier can keep you healthier all year long. But in order to stay protected, your central humidifier setting must be right for the season. Learn what to set your humidifier at in winter.

 

Pre-COVID Winter Temperature Indoor Humidity Guidelines

In past years, general guidance has suggested aiming for indoor air relative humidity at twice to three times the actual air temperature.

Here are some examples:

  • If the indoor temperature is 0 to 10 F (-17 to -12 C), set your humidifier for 20%
  • If the indoor temperature is 10 to 20 F (-12 to -6 C), set your humidifier for 25%
  • If the indoor temperature is 20 F (-6 C) or greater, set your humidifier for 30%

However, as the global pandemic continues to unfold and evolve, that guidance has changed.

 

Post-COVID Winter Temperature Indoor Humidity Guidelines

Virologists have discovered that humidity can be a major player in reducing the transmission of airborne viral droplets. Heat won't do it. Neither will the ever-present cold.

But with sufficient amounts of ambient humidity, viral particulates can't live as long or travel as far to infect us.

Today's guidance reflects this.

As of 2021, the new goal is to maintain 40 to 60 percent relative humidity indoors at all times. This is already being done in many research laboratories and COVID-19 hospital wards. Increasingly, businesses and homeowners are also opting to follow suit.

So how does this translate to setting up your whole-house humidifier in winter? And what do you need to know about adjusting your humidifier settings?

 

Identify Your Specific Type of Whole House Humidifier

The best humidifier setting for your personal whole house humidifier system will depend on what type of system you own and how it is set up. So first, you need to be sure you know what type of whole house humidifier you have.

There are two main types of whole-home humidifiers: 

  1. Steam Humidifier 
  2. Flow-through Humidifier

 Let's review the major features of each humidifier type.

 

Whole-House Steam Humidifier

Whole-house steam humidifiers inject steam directly into the air.

Steam humidifiers don't need to be connected to your HVAC blower to do their job. A steam humidifier also has its own inbuilt heating element that converts water to steam. Steam humidifiers also typically have two settings: automatic and manual.

The most interesting feature of a steam humidifier is that it can be used in homes and workplaces that do not have forced air systems or air ducts in place.

 

Whole-House Flow-Through Humidifier

Whole-house flow-through humidifiers are designed to work in tandem with your home's existing forced-air HVAC system.

Flow-through humidifiers don't need their own heating element. Rather, they make use of a bypass valve that sends the warmed air across a humidifier pad that adds back moisture to the air before it gets pushed out through the air ducts for distribution.

Some flow-through humidifiers use a seasonal damper system with two settings: "summer" and "winter."

Newer flow-through humidifiers have lots of added features, such as evaporative technology for water conservation and automatic digital settings.

If you still are not sure what type of whole house humidifier you have, scroll down to the last section here and contact us - we are happy to help!

 

Choosing the Best Humidifier Setting for Winter in Canada

Many whole-home humidifiers have dials (or the digital version of the same) numbered 1 through 7. These settings might appear to correspond to the amount of humidity, but actually relate to the type of insulation in your home.

In most cases, your humidifier will come with out-of-the-box presets that will maintain indoor air relative humidity at 35 percent when the indoor air temperature is 70 F (21 C). This preset will hold true as long as the temperature outside is 20 F (-6 C) or higher.

However, many other factors can also influence how much humidity is present in your indoor air, including:

  • Weather
  • Airtight construction
  • Ceiling height
  • Room size 
  • HVAC age
  • Thermostat preferences

For example, the Coleman humidifiers and Aprilaire humidifiers we carry include a settings guide in the user manual.

You will notice different outcomes for each of the settings (1 through 7) based on the temperature of the air outside. You can change the amount of relative humidity in your indoor air by adjusting this setting up or down as the outside temperature changes.

Here is an example:

Let's say the temperature outside is -10 F (-23 C). Setting your whole-home Aprilaire humidifier to "7" will deliver 30 percent relative humidity. But then let's say it gets warmer outside and the temperature is now 10 F (-12 C). If you want to keep 30 percent relative humidity, you would need to adjust the dial to 4.

 

Shipton's CleanAir Solutions Is Your Trusted Air Quality Expert in Hamilton Ontario

Shipton's CleanAir Solutions has been serving our customers in Hamilton, Ontario, and surrounding areas for nearly a century!

Have you inherited a whole-house humidifier along with your home? Are you ready to upgrade from low quality portable humidifiers to a central humidity system for your whole house? Do you need assistance maintaining or setting your whole-house humidifier?

We can help! Give us a call at 1-905-549-2470 or visit us online for safe, fast, contact-less free estimates and assistance.

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Clean Your Dryer Vent to Help Avoid Starting A Home Fire

CleanAir Solutions provides dyer vent cleaning and indoor air duct cleaning to help keep your home safe for your family.

Clean Your Dryer Vent to Help Avoid Starting A Home Fire 

Every year in North America, more than 15,000 fires start when trapped dryer vent lint overheats and ignites. And every year, multiple people die as a result.

This statistic has secured the clothes dryer a permanent spot on many home insurers's top five most dangerous home appliances lists.

But, unfortunately, there are still far too many homeowners who remain blissfully unaware of the danger they are in.

Clothes dryers are a great invention in many ways. However, they require regular and very specific maintenance to function well and safely. In this post, learn how to make sure your clothes dryer is safe to operate. 

At CleanAir Solutions, our technicians are focused on keeping your home environment safe. If you have any questions concerning your dryer vent or would like to schedule a dryer vent cleaning, contact our team today!

 

How Does a Clothes Dryer Catch on Fire?

This is actually a very common question our service technicians hear as they are making their regular weekly series of service calls.

In fact, the question usually pops up during an indoor air duct cleaning. Thanks to the global pandemic, indoor air duct cleaning has gone from near-complete obscurity to making news headlines.

For most of our customers, it is really eye-opening to peer into that little remote camera we send up into the air ducts before each cleaning.

The camera reveals what 5-20 years of benign neglect can do to the inside of a home duct system. Some ducts we've cleaned are so clogged it’s amazing that any airflow can still get through!

A chronically clogged duct system can eventually cause a home fire as trapped dust, dirt and debris collects on and around the HVAC blower motor, causing it to overheat and ignite.

Clogged air filters represent a similar risk. Restricted air flow pushes the blower motor to work harder and harder until it overheats and ignites.

But even these are not as dangerous as what can happen when trapped dryer lint on, in or around your clothes dryer encounters heated air and catches on fire.

This is precisely why our indoor air quality experts recommend scheduling an indoor air duct cleaning and a dryer vent cleaning together, especially if you have inherited both your ducts and your appliances from a prior homeowner.

 

Where Does Flammable Lint Get Trapped in Your Clothes Dryer?

The average clothes dryer operates at between 51 and 57 degrees Celsius (125 and 135 degrees Fahrenheit).

And yet most people think that scooping out visible lint from the clothes dryer lint trap is enough to prevent a clothes dryer fire.

How we wish this was the case!

When you see a wad of visibly trapped lint in the lint trap, this is just a portion of all the flammable lint potentially trapped inside your clothes dryer, air duct and exhaust vent.

Don't get us wrong - you should definitely clean the lint trap after every single load of laundry you dry. But this on its own is not ever going to be enough to effectively reduce the risk of a dryer-related home fire.

This is because lint gets trapped in much deeper places inside the interior of your dryer - places you can't see or reach.

In addition to the lint trap, the most common places where our dryer vent specialists find trapped lint include behind the dryer drum and inside the air duct that leads to the exhaust vent.

Sometimes dirt and debris also makes its way into the dryer from the outside. Birds and small animals love to build nests in exhaust vent holes. This activity can end up pushing dust, dirt and debris back up into your dryer, coating and clogging the interior components with highly flammable organic particulates.

Another serious fire risk that is too frequently overlooked is the residue from fabric softener treatments and dryer sheets that can build up inside the dryer drum. This residue can be very flammable when heated.

 

How to Clean Out Your Clothes Dryer Lint

At this point, you might be wondering if you can clean the dryer lint out of your clothes dryer on your own.

We don't recommend this, since it can require some specialized equipment and know-how. At a minimum, you will likely need a flashlight, a screwdriver, a roto brush kit with a vacuum attachment, metal duct tape, towels and vinegar/water cleaning solution.

You will need to detach the exhaust air duct and thread the roto brush inside the duct tube to clean it from the outside end and the dryer end. The suction should be strong enough to pull out loosely trapped debris and agitate dust and dirt that is adhered to the sides of the duct.

SAFETY NOTE: It is very important to disconnect the power to the clothes dryer at the electrical box before you do anything more advanced than simply pulling excess visible lint out of the lint trap!

However, once you have a professional dryer vent cleaning done, you can help the benefits to last as long as possible by removing dryer lint after every single cycle.

 

How Often Should You Clean Your Clothes Dryer Vent?

The frequency of a professional dryer vent cleaning should match your usage habits. If you do laundry and use your clothes dryer daily, you would be best served with a quarterly cleaning.

If you do laundry once or twice each week and dry only certain items, you may be safe having your clothes dryer professionally cleaned twice per year.

Your CleanAir Solutions service technician can help you to identify the right frequency of dryer vent cleaning.

 

Hamilton Ontario CleanAir Solutions Is Your Dryer Vent Cleaning Expert

CleanAir Solutions has nearly half a century of expertise improving indoor air quality to protect your family's health and safety.

Give us half a day and we will have your indoor air quality feeling and smelling better. Our prompt, professional, polite service technicians are earning rave reviews from your Hamilton Ontario area friends, neighbours and colleagues - but don't take our word for it.

Give us a call at 1-905-549-2470 or visit us online and let us prove it to you!

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How to Choose the Right Home Indoor Air Quality Products For Your Home and Family in 2021

CleanAir Solutions in Hamilton, Ontario, provides air purifier systems, hrv systems, humidity control and more to help protect your family's health this summer!

How to Choose the Right Home Indoor Air Quality Products For Your Home and Family in 2021

You would think after multiple decades of improving home indoor air quality for our customers, we would have some kind of standard offer that works equally well for everyone.

Here's why we don't!

Yes, there are some air quality concerns that are pretty universal to us all.

But inside each home, there are also air quality issues unique to that specific home, homeowner and family.

For example, maybe you have pets, but your neighbours don't. Maybe your neighbours smoke, but you don't. Maybe two doors down from you, the homeowner is dealing with radon gas from the rock mass underneath their foundation.

Every home and every situation is different.

This is why we take a very individualized approach to designing each customer's indoor air quality toolkit. In this blog post, learn about the top-notch tools our CleanAir Solutions technicians can offer to address your unique home indoor air quality needs and concerns.

 

Meet the Best of the Best Indoor Air Quality Products

There are five major categories of home indoor air quality products that we offer at CleanAir Solutions in Hamilton, Ontario. 

  1. Indoor Air Purification
  2. Indoor Air Filtration
  3. Indoor Air Ventilation
  4. Indoor Air Humidification
  5. HVAC air duct cleaning

Each of the above categories has something different to contribute to indoor air quality improvements.

Read on to learn about each tool, what it does and how it works to address your unique indoor air quality concerns.

 

What an Air Purifier Does and How It Works

The Air purifier market has suddenly gone from being virtually unknown to sitting in the limelight. Why? This is because of the global pandemic, of course!

Air purification is the acknowledged industry leader in fighting back against airborne, viral droplets.

The world's best air purifier is our sun. The sun's ultraviolet rays are able to break down liquid or gaseous organic matter and destroy harmful agents like viral, bacterial and fungal particles.

Today's cutting edge indoor air purifier harnesses a synthetic version of the sun's most powerful UV light band - UV-C.

As air moves across the air purifier, any harmful organic matter is rendered harmless.Pretty neat system, right?

If you have a central (ducted) HVAC system, our air purifier technicians can add an ultraviolet air purifier to your existing system. It treats the air before it enters your ducts in order to neutralize potent liquid or gaseous toxins. There is also an add-on you can install that treats your air coils with UV light.

If you have a non-ducted HVAC system, a portable air purifier does the same thing for smaller spaces.

 

What Air Filtration Does and How It Works

Air filtration and air purification are frequently confused. They are not the same, but rather, are complementary systems.

Here is an example!

 Let's say someone in your family is recovering from COVID, or has already recovered from COVID.

The virus spreads by liquid droplets that enter the airstream through a sneeze or cough. But then the droplets find a tiny airborne particle and land on top of it.

This is why we often recommend using both an air purifier and air filtration system for our customers who are concerned about purifying their indoor air from SARS-CoV-2. Together, these two products can trap any potentially toxic solids, gases and liquids.

A HEPA filter, which is the gold standard for filtration today, is able to trap solid particles as small as 1/100th the width of a single human hair. 

What is a HEPA Filter? A Hepa air filter system is designed to remove 99.97% of all airborne particles in your home - dramatically improving the air quality. 

NOTE: If you are not sure what is in your indoor air that may be causing your health or allergy symptoms, we highly recommend starting with a home air quality test. Our technicians can help you understand how to test air quality at home and recommend the best fix for your specific needs.

This silent yet comprehensive 72-hour test will be able to identify the airborne toxins in your indoor air. Our CleanAir Solutions technicians can then design a system to address each of the toxins effectively.

 

What Ventilation Does and How It Works

Like an air purifier or air filtration system, ventilation and circulation often get mixed up. But they are not the same. Instead, they work in complementary ways.

Air ventilation is the process by which new, fresh air is drawn into a space while old, stale air is pushed back out.

Air circulation, in contrast, is the process by which that new fresh air is distributed evenly throughout your home.

Ventilation happens by opening a window or door to the outside, running your HVAC fan or exhaust fan or using a heat recovery ventilator (hrv system).

Circulation happens with some help from floor or ceiling fans and air ducts.

Without proper ventilation, circulation can only distribute the same toxic, stale air that is already trapped inside your space.

 

What Humidification Does and How It Works

Humidification is another important tool for managing indoor air quality. The amount of humidification you need will vary based on a number of factors.

The recommended humidity range for indoors is now 40 to 60 percent because research has confirmed that slightly higher indoor humidity can help reduce the threat of COVID-19 transmission.

Humidification can also be important to keep your respiratory passages and mucous membranes hydrated and functional to support better immune health.

A whole house humidifier is what we recommend for distributing humidity evenly throughout your home. However, portable units are also available for smaller or non-ducted spaces.

 

What HVAC Air Duct Cleaning Does and How It Works

Air duct cleaning is perhaps the number one most overlooked indoor air quality tool.

For our customers who have ducted HVAC systems, we always recommend starting with superior air duct cleaning services before moving on to install air quality equipment.

How does duct cleaning work? Learn more about it from our Ontario duct cleaning experts at CleanAir Solutions! We offer Duct cleaning in Burlington, Brantford, Hamilton and surrounding areas. 

 

CleanAir Solutions in Hamilton, Ontario - Your Indoor Air Quality Experts

Together, CleanAir Solutions and our sister company, Shipton's Heating and Cooling, have nearly 100 years experience serving customers in Hamilton and surrounding areas!

When it comes to HVAC and indoor air quality, we’ve seen it all! Not sure how to check air quality in home?  Worried about the health of your indoor air? Wondering about the affects on your health and immune function? Our air quality experts have loads of tools to ease your mind and clear your air - literally.

Give us a call at 1-905-549-2470 or visit us online. Deep savings now available on our most popular spring cleaning services and products - click HERE to cash in!

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3 Step Process to Allergy Proof Your Home in 2021

Learn the three step process to allergy proofing your home with CleanAir Solutions in Hamilton, Ontario.

3 Step Process to Allergy Proof Your Home in 2021

It is exciting to watch the world start to open back up again - at last! Finally, there seems to be some hope on the horizon that we’ll be able to put the pandemic behind us.

But we are not there yet. And before we can get there, we have to run the gauntlet of the spring allergy season here in Ontario, Canada.

While we still know far too little about how to prevent COVID-19, we actually know quite a lot about how to prevent, or at least minimize, spring allergy symptoms.

In this post, learn the three steps to allergy proof your indoor space - keeping your immune system strong and your spring season healthy! 

If you’re not sure how to get started with your indoor air quality, give us a call at CleanAir Solutions in Hamilton, Ontario, today! We’ll ensure that your indoor air is clean and ready for summer!

 

3 Steps to Allergy Proof Your Indoor Space This Spring

Recent reports indicate that one in five Canadians suffer from seasonal allergies. It used to be one in six!

But with global warming spurring pollen-producing foliage on to ever greater production levels, the number of sufferers just continues to increase. And reports of seasonal allergy symptoms indicate these are worsening as well.

This was worrisome enough on its own....before COVID-19!

Now there is a new urgency to protect our respiratory and overall health.

These three allergy proofing steps have the potential to minimize, or even prevent, seasonal allergy symptoms from weakening your immune response and ruining your spring.

Step 1: Identify the Major Allergy Triggers in Your Space

Step one to allergy proof your home this spring is to identify the source of your allergy symptoms.

Common culprits include dust mites, pollen, pet dander, insects (primarily waste), mould and mildew.

These are usually the triggers you need to remove from your space in order to minimize or prevent seasonal allergy symptoms. But how can you do that?

Step 2: Identify the Correct Category for Each Airborne Toxin

Indoor air quality is not just a fancy-sounding term. It is a science. And our CleanAir Solutions technicians understand it well!

This has never been more true than it is now, when the global pandemic has called on every air quality researcher, engineer and scientist to step up their game.

What we have collectively learned is that we already have very effective technology to combat airborne toxins of every type - liquid, gas and solid.

What we do not yet have is effective implementation. In other words, all the technology in the world does us no good if we are not using it!

So, now is the time to categorize each airborne toxin so that we know what type of indoor air quality antidote is needed to combat it.

Solid Allergens

Solid airborne toxins are tiny bits of organic matter. Some are so tiny you would need a very strong microscope to see them.

Solid toxins include matter like dust, dust mites, ash from cooking and smoking, pollen, pet dander, mould spores, mildew spores and dirt.

The majority of seasonal allergy producing toxins fall into this category.

Liquid Allergens

The most prevalent example of a liquid airborne toxin right now is the dreaded SARS-CoV-2 liquid droplet.

Thanks to the impact of evaporation, we now know that the initially large and heavy droplets can quickly evaporate to become lighter and more buoyant, at which point they can land on an airborne micro particle solid and travel much farther distances.

There are many other liquid toxins to worry about as well.

Many common household cleaning products contain liquid toxins like bleach, hydrogen peroxide or ammonia.

E-cigarette liquid, flea and tick sprays, liquid pesticides and repellents, drain and toilet cleaners, windshield washer fluid, antifreeze and refrigerant are other common examples of liquid allergens.

Gaseous Allergens

Gaseous toxins are the hardest to spot because they are typically invisible to the naked eye. Luckily, many carry characteristic odours that make them easier to detect, such as the rotten egg sulfur smell of a gas leak.

Carbon monoxide is the most famous and is called the colourless, odourless killer.

Ozone, volatile organic compounds, chlorine and other gases are also known toxins that can produce a range of serious or deadly health symptoms.

Step 3: Identify the Right Air Quality Antidote for Each Category of Toxins

Once you have completed step one - identifying the toxins inside your indoor air - and step two - properly categorizing each toxin by type - it is time to apply the correct antidote to stop your symptoms from occurring.

There are two major types of indoor air quality technologies: air filtration and air purification.

Solid airborne toxins are best addressed through indoor air filtration, while purification will most effectively neutralize liquid and gaseous airborne toxins.

So let's take a look at each now.

Air Filtration

The type of air filtration most people recognize is a furnace filter. What most people don't know is the average furnace filter's only real job is to keep the blower motor from becoming clogged.

It is not designed to handle tiny solid microparticles like the type that can carry a COVID-19 droplet or a microscopic particle of pollen.

For these tiny toxic solids, what you need is a HEPA Filter.

HEPA filter systems can filter 99.97 percent of airborne solid toxins as small as 1/100th the width of a single human hair.

Air Purification

Air purification uses concentrated short-wave ultraviolet light to neutralize both liquid and gaseous airborne toxins.

By changing the organic structure of these toxins, ultraviolet air purification systems render them harmless to you and your family.

Both central and portable HEPA filter systems and ultraviolet air purification systems exist.

 

Contact CleanAir Solutions in Hamilton, Ontario, for Expert Indoor Air Quality Solutions

CleanAir Solutions is proud to be one of the most trusted indoor air quality providers in Hamilton, Ontario, and surrounding areas.

Our friendly, prompt, experienced and highly trained indoor air quality experts can improve the air inside your home and workplace before your allergy symptoms hit! We also offer a variety of solutions to fit every budget. 

Give us a call at 1-905-549-2470 or visit us online. And be sure to check out our spring cleaning deals!

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Why This Is the Year to Upgrade Your Indoor Air Quality

CleanAir Solutions provides Indoor Air Quality tips for homeowners in Hamilton, Ontario.

Why This Is the Year to Upgrade Your Indoor Air Quality

It nearly goes without saying that if ever there was a year to upgrade your indoor air quality, this would be the year.

COVID-19 has dug in its heels even as we continue to fight back with all the tools we have.

This means the more we can do to stay safe and healthy, the more we should do to stay safe and healthy.

Add to it that allergy season is already knocking at our door - are your sinuses ready? If you are quite literally dreading the start of the notorious spring ragweed bloom, now is the time to take action.

In this post, find out what you need to know about how to create a healthy, breathable sanctuary inside your home or workplace. Our CleanAir Solutions experts in Hamilton, Ontario, provide the indoor air quality knowledge and tools you need to keep your airways clear!

 

What to Do Before You Buy a HEPA Filter or UV Purifier (MUST READ)

Early last year, as news of the pandemic was still just gathering steam, our customer service team was busy fielding a steady stream of calls about ultraviolet air purification and HEPA filtration.

Both technologies are highly recommended for improving indoor air quality and we will talk more about each shortly!

But all too often when our service technicians would arrive to install the customer's new HVAC equipment, they would walk into a much bigger problem....

Dirty, clogged air ducts.

Don't misunderstand - even if your air ducts are chock-full of dirt and debris, UV air purification and HEPA filtration can still offer some improvement.

But the difference is one of putting a band-aid on a broken bone versus visiting a surgeon to have the bone properly set and casted so that it can fully heal.

Air ducts are hard to see and even harder to inspect. But this is also why air ducts are the most neglected of all HVAC components. And neglected air ducts can deliver problems that no amount of spending in other areas can completely remedy.

In contrast, when your indoor air duct system is insulated, sealed, cleaned and sanitized, any other indoor air quality aid you install can deliver instant results to full capacity.

This is why we strongly recommend scheduling an indoor air duct cleaning before you make any other alterations to your HVAC system or add any other air quality components.

 

Is a HEPA Filter or UV Air Purifier Better?

When the COVID-19 outbreak was first announced and media sources pounced on UV air purification and HEPA filtration as potential safeguards, we were deluged with questions from anxious customers about which was better.

Should they buy a HEPA filter or an ultraviolet air purifier?

What most media reports failed to report on is that these two components do very different things. They are not interchangeable in any way!

So let's take a quick look at what each component does and how it works.

 

HEPA Filter

HEPA stands for high efficiency particulate air. And a filter is a device that traps matter and retains it. We use filters in all kinds of ways and for all kinds of jobs.

But a HEPA filter is special. HEPA technology is capable of trapping solid particles as small as 1/100th the width of a single hair on your head. This means HEPA filters are capable of trapping micro-particles carrying unwelcome passengers like tiny SARS-CoV-2 droplets.

Many people do not realize that they can't just go out and buy a HEPA filter for their HVAC unit.

Unless your HVAC system is rated at MERV 17 through 20, you will face a serious fire risk and skyrocketing energy bills. You’ll also experience possible system failure if you try to use a HEPA filter with a non-HEPA rated air conditioner or furnace system.

But there is still a way to add HEPA filtration to your home. We recommend installing a whole home HEPA filtration system for ducted spaces and a portable system for non-ducted spaces.

The HEPA filtration system can trap floating solids (and their liquid or gaseous passengers) before they enter your ducts and float out into your space.

 

UV Air Purifier

Now that you understand what a HEPA filter is and does, let's look at how it is different from ultraviolet air purification.

The sun is the most powerful source of ultraviolet light. And ultraviolet light is the most powerful purification agent on the planet.

Purification works differently than filtration. While filtration traps solid matter and retains it, purification changes the molecular structure of liquid or gaseous matter to render it harmless.

When ultraviolet light hits a COVID-19 droplet, for example, it damages the delicate organic membrane that surrounds the viral RNA, damaging it so that it cannot replicate.

This is what makes UV purification such a powerful way to help protect against airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2.

The best way to add ultraviolet purification to a home or workplace is quite similar to what we recommend for adding HEPA filtration.

What you want to do is install a whole home UV purifier for ducted spaces or a portable UV purifier for non-ducted spaces. The purifier can treat fresh incoming air before it moves into your ducts and out into each room in your space.

 

Should You Get Both HEPA Filtration and UV Purification?

Because HEPA filtration works on solid airborne matter and UV purification works on liquid or gaseous airborne matter, some customers do choose to install both types of systems.

 

CleanAir Solutions in Hamilton, Ontario, is Your Indoor Air Quality Expert

We are proud to serve Hamilton, Ontario, and surrounding areas, with providing professional air duct cleaning and a wide variety of highly effective indoor air quality aids.

Give our friendly, experienced technicians a call at 1-905-549-2470 or visit us online for a FREE ESTIMATE.

 

BONUS: Call now and save 10 percent on any of our popular air duct cleaning packages. Also, take $100 off the purchase of any whole home indoor air quality equipment. These spring cleaning deals are only good through May 31, 2021 - don't miss your chance!

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How To Improve Indoor Air Quality During The COVID-19 Pandemic

CleanAir Solutions in Hamilton, Ontario explains how to improve your home's indoor air quality during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How To Improve Indoor Air Quality During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Air filtration is a complex topic. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise!

The global pandemic has increased awareness of the need for upgraded indoor air quality. But what it hasn't done is foster clarity about exactly how to accomplish this goal.

In fact, for many of our CleanAir Solutions customers, heightened urgency and media attention has created more confusion rather than less.

Terms sound frighteningly similar. Media reports are sometimes wildly inaccurate. And no one seems to know exactly which type of air quality system does what.

This blog post is going to change all that. Read on to learn the facts you need to know now in order to make intelligent, informed indoor air quality choices today.

 

Air Filtration Versus Air Purification Versus Air Ventilation

The first step to demystify indoor air quality is to clearly define three terms that get used interchangeably far too often in popular media: filtration, purification and ventilation.

Here is what you need to know.

Air Filtration

Air filtration is a medium that traps airborne particulate solids, effectively removing them from your indoor air supply.

The gold standard in indoor air filtration is HEPA, or high efficiency particulate air.

What is a HEPA filter? First developed during World War II to assist scientists working with radioactive matter in a laboratory setting, a HEPA filter is still our first line of defense against solid microparticles.

A HEPA filter (or MERV filter 17-20 equivalent) can effectively trap and remove microparticles as small as 0.3 microns (or 1/100th the width of a single human hair).

A HEPA filter is also used widely in COVID-19 patient wards - worldwide!

Air Purification

Air purification is very different from air filtration - even though the two terms are often used as if they are one and the same.

Here is what you need to know about air purifier technology.

The most powerful air purifier on our planet is the ultraviolet light bands produced by our sun.

The sun produces three bands of ultraviolet light - UV-A, UV-B and UV-C. UV-A and UV-B. These bands of light are effectively blocked by our planet's ozone layer (which is why it is so important to pay attention and stay inside on "ozone alert" days when the ozone layer is thin!).

UV-C, the most powerful natural light band, is also the only one that the ozone layer cannot block. This is why doctors tell us to wear sunblock when we go outside.

While there are several types of air purification processes, short wave UV-C air purifier systems are considered to be the most effective. They are also the most common purification technology being used by hospitals for air purification on COVID-19 patient wards.

Ultraviolet air purifier systems harness a synthetic version of UV-C light that irradiates the air and changes the molecular structure of organic airborne gases and liquids, including airborne droplets containing active coronavirus RNA.

Air Ventilation

This is all well and good, but then what the heck is air ventilation? And why is ventilation so important?

On hospital wards where COVID-19 patients are being treated and monitored, the goal is to cycle through six complete air changes per hour. This is a tall order and is only achievable with the help of state-of-the-art indoor air ventilation systems.

The most energy efficient and cost effective ventilation system is called the heat recovery ventilator.

A heat recovery ventilator separates fresh incoming air and stale outgoing air so that the two airstreams never meet. This is essential to ensure air that potentially contains active airborne viral droplets gets safely exhausted to the outside.

But HRV systems do more than this. They also recycle heat energy that would otherwise drive up your energy bills. HRV systems also help to balance indoor air humidity levels, which is another essential in helping to combat the threat of COVID-19.

 

Which COVID-19 Indoor Air Quality System Do You Need?

So, now you have met the three primary types of technology being used today to create safer indoor spaces as the global pandemic continues.

But which type of system do you need?

The system you need will depend entirely on the risk level inside your space. Here, risk factors to consider include each of the following:

  • Do you share an HVAC system with other individuals (such as a multi-unit living or workspace)?
  • Is anyone in your home currently recovering from COVID-19?
  • Is anyone in your home very young, elderly or immunocompromised?
  • Does anyone in your home or workplace smoke or suffer from any type of chronic respiratory condition or other known risk factor?
  • What existing air filtration, purification or ventilation aids do you have?

Why are these five criteria so important?

Research has confirmed that multi-unit spaces with shared HVAC ductwork are capable of spreading airborne infectious droplets longer distances. We also know that individuals who fall into certain health categories are more vulnerable to contracting COVID-19.

And some spaces have access to existing air quality controls such as windows and doors that open to the outside, ceiling or floor fans, exhaust or attic fans and higher MERV-rated HVAC systems.

But if your home or workplace does not fall into any of these categories, you may be best-served by installing a combination of aids.

A HEPA air filter can handle solid airborne particulates that may carry infectious droplets or otherwise compromise immune function and overall respiratory health.

Ultraviolet air purification can sufficiently damage SARS-CoV-2 RNA so as to render it unable to replicate and cause COVID-19.

And air ventilation (or heat recovery ventilator) can flood your space with a continual influx of fresh air to dilute the impact of airborne toxins and exhaust them to the outside in a safe and effective manner.

 

CleanAir Solutions in Hamilton, Ontario, Handles All Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

Upgrade your indoor air quality with a cutting edge HEPA filter, ultraviolet air purification and heat recovery ventilator!

Give our friendly, experienced technicians a call at 1-905-549-2470 or visit us online for a FREE ESTIMATE.

Be sure to ask us about contactless estimate, service, invoicing and payment options. 

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How to Breathe Cleaner Indoor Air At Home & Save Money With A Heat Recovery Ventilator 

 

CleanAir Solutions in Hamilton supplies heat recovery ventilation for cleaner, indoor air!

How to Breathe Cleaner Indoor Air At Home & Save Money With A Heat Recovery Ventilator 

If you haven't yet heard of the heat recovery ventilator, you are in for a treat.

Or rather, your lungs and wallet are in for a treat.

Because this wonder appliance can protect your respiratory health and trim your energy budget - all at the same time!

The heat recovery ventilator is so good at its job that the city of Toronto recently changed its building code to require these appliances to be installed for new construction projects.

But while ventilation itself has become somewhat of a hot topic since the onset of the global pandemic, too many of us still aren't sure exactly why it is so important, let alone how to add ventilation back into our home or workplace.

This blog post is designed to answer both of these important questions. Keep reading as our indoor air experts at CleanAir Solutions in Hamilton break this down!

 

What Is Ventilation?

If you are already familiar with ventilation, you can skip ahead to the next section. But what we find to be more true is that ventilation is one of those words we tend to think we understand better than we actually do.

The true textbook definition of ventilation is to add fresh air back into a space.

The simplest way to ventilate is to open a window or door. This, however, is not always possible, let alone practical or safe.

Bringing in a new fresh air supply then becomes more complicated. You want the air to be clean. You need this air to be temperature appropriate. And you require your new supply of air to be reliable and steady.

 

What Is a Heat Recovery Ventilator?

Heat recovery ventilation is actually not a new invention. What is new is mass production and availability of affordable versions of this technology.

With a heat recovery ventilator, or HRV, you are actually getting three appliances in one: an energy recycler, a fresh air ventilator and an air filter.

1. Heat Recovery

The term heat recovery is actually a little bit misleading. A more accurate term might be “heat exchange” - and in fact, these appliances are sometimes called heat exchangers.

During the cold months, heat energy is retained and used to preheat the fresh incoming (and very cold) outside air. This, in turn, reduces workload and energy draw on your furnace to do that same job.

During the warm months, heat energy from the fresh incoming (and very hot) outside air is drawn out as it passes through the heat exchanger core. Then, that excess heat is pushed back out through the exhaust, reducing the workload and energy draw on your air conditioner.

Neat, right?

2. Ventilation

You might assume you don't need an extra ventilator when you can just run your HVAC fan continuously in order to get the same, basic effect.

However, this will cause a tremendous amount of wear and tear on your HVAC system, potentially shortening its useful life while also running up your energy bills all year long.

The heat recovery ventilator uses two completely separate air pathways to recover heat energy in winter and exhaust it in summer.

These two separate air pathways ensure a steady supply of fresh outside air that never mixes with stale outgoing air.

3. Filtration

Heat recovery ventilation also includes a filtration element.

While heat recovery ventilators are best known for their energy recycling and ventilating benefits, these appliances also house a specialized air filter. I’m 

This filter works to pull allergens like pollen, mould and mildew spores, dust, ash and other particulate matter out of the incoming fresh air stream before it gets distributed through your air ducts.

So what you get is a double layer of air filtration from the heat recovery ventilator filter and your HVAC system filter.

 

What Is An Energy Recovery Ventilator?

Heat recovery ventilators and energy recovery ventilators are closely related - and their names are similar enough to cause a lot of confusion. However, the latter is not as popular here in the far north.

The reason is because energy recovery ventilators add yet another layer of indoor air management - humidity control.

Excess humidity isn't typically a big problem here in Canada. In fact, just the opposite tends to be the case, especially during our long, cold winters.

And now that we know humidity has COVID-19 fighting properties, there is even less incentive for us to remove excess indoor humidity.

Health researchers tell us that while elevating indoor humidity cannot prevent the spread of COVID-19, keeping indoor humidity between 40 and 60 percent may be able to reduce the threat.

If you are having trouble maintaining sufficient indoor humidity at 40 percent or higher, we recommend installing a whole home humidifier system. These systems can typically retrofit with any existing ducted central HVAC system.

 

Can You Benefit From a Heat Recovery Ventilator? I’m 

Heat recovery ventilation seamlessly and silently delivers three vital indoor air quality benefits:

  1. Removes stale indoor air loaded with toxins and pollutants.
  2. Adds back a continual, reliable supply of fresh filtered air.
  3. Reduces workload and energy draw on your existing HVAC system (and saves you money).

Heat recovery ventilators need virtually no routine maintenance and can recapture up to 95 percent of heat energy that would otherwise be lost and wasted.

Does the idea of enjoying fresher, cleaner indoor air, combined with lower energy bills for heating and cooling sound appealing? You may benefit from adding a heat recovery ventilator to your existing HVAC system.

 

Contact CleanAir Solutions For Ventilation Solutions in Hamilton, Ontario

With another projected hot and sticky summer just around the corner, now is the time to start thinking about how to trim your energy bills. If you can do it while adding back ventilation, even better!

Give CleanAir Solutions in Hamilton a call 1-905-549-2470 or visit us online to learn more about the long-term benefits and savings of adding a heat recovery ventilator to your HVAC system.

* Free contact-less estimates, quotes, service calls and payment options are available.

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Make Sure Your Spring Cleaning Includes Indoor Air Quality and Duct Cleaning in Hamilton, Ontario

CleanAir Solutions provides Super Air Duct Cleaning in Hamilton, Ontario.

Make Sure Your Spring Cleaning Includes Indoor Air Quality and Duct Cleaning in Hamilton, Ontario 

After what felt like the longest year and then the longest winter season on record, we are all ready for spring!

We are especially craving the warmth, the sunshine, and the chance to feel safe seeing friends and family with the greater protection of gathering outdoors.

But even as our brief warm season slowly arrives, it brings with it the usual host of indoor air quality issues, including pollen, dust, mould and mildew.

Add to it that Ontario, Canada appears to be experiencing the most severe outbreak of COVID cases since the pandemic began. This year's spring cleaning has an urgency we have never felt before!

In this timely post, learn CleanAir Solution’s recommendations for upgrading your air quality and purity to support staying healthy as the threat level rises once again.

 

Duct Cleaning in Hamilton Is An Unsung Indoor Air Quality Hero

Over the last year, our experienced and knowledgeable service technicians have had more conversations about indoor air quality than at any time since we opened our doors.

We are aware of how closely our health is linked to the air we breathe. But starting the process of deciding what to do about your indoor air quality concerns can feel like a vertical learning curve.

This is especially true with so many products and services on the market, many of which feel somewhat faddish or gimmicky rather than tried and true.

Here at CleanAir Solutions, all the services and products we provide and recommend are well known and trusted throughout the industry.

This is why we always tell our customers to start with our superior air duct cleaning. How does duct cleaning work? Well, indoor air duct cleaning is literally the unsung hero of the air quality industry.

Why? Imagine right now that you had never learned how to dust. So every day, day after day, your floors, your countertops, your shelves and furniture are constantly accumulating dust.

A year of this would be bad enough. But imagine if you went 10 or 20 years without dusting, sweeping, vacuuming or cleaning! What do you think your home would look like?

This is exactly what is going on inside your ducts.

But because you can't easily see inside the duct system, you don't know it. You don't realize how thick the dust and debris has gotten and how much of it gets pushed out through the air registers every time your HVAC system cycles on again.

Most of our air duct cleaning customers are still having their ducts serviced for the first time ever. They are often shocked by two things

1. How dirty the inside of their ducts look (we use a tiny camera to show them before we start the cleaning).

2. How clean the air feels and smells as soon as we finish the duct cleaning service.

If you wonder why you or someone in your family may suffer from chronic allergies, asthma, itchy eyes or skin, sniffly nose, headache, mental fogginess and similar symptoms, it could be that your dirty ducts are to blame.

NOTE: We also recommend scheduling our professional dryer vent cleaning on the same day as your superior air duct cleaning. This traps the maximum contaminants in a single service call and also reduces fire risk from operating your clothes dryer.

How Much Is Duct Cleaning?

The average cost of duct cleaning in Hamilton depend on the size of the job. If you have a large house with extensive duct work, this job could take quite long. Thankfully, at CleanAir Solutions, we offer FREE, No Obligation quotes BEFORE we get started. Find out how much duct cleaning is for your home by contacting our qualified indoor air specialists today!

 

Your Air Purifier and Filtration Are Indoor Air Quality Game Changers

Have you ever wondered how to test air quality within your home? At CleanAir Solutions in Hamilton, we have the tools, equipment and know-how to test air quality properly. Learn more on how to test air quality in your home HERE. 

Once you have had your superior air duct cleaning and your dryer vent cleaning, sanitized and deodorized, this is when you want to move ahead to implement more permanent indoor air quality safeguards.

Otherwise, the most you will accomplish with other air quality upgrades is to keep moving the contaminants in your space around.

But once you have thoroughly cleaned, deodorized and sanitized your whole air duct system and dryer vent, your home has essentially been reset to zero. In the air ducts, your home is brand new!

This is when you want to start adding enhanced indoor air quality cleaners to maintain clean indoor air and guard against future airborne pathogens and toxins.

Here again, today there is an ever-wider variety of indoor air quality aids that makes it seem like the moment you actually commit to one, it will be out of date the next day.

This is not the case with the two time-tested, research-backed solutions we are about to recommend to you here. Both of these solutions can go the distance and then some to keep your indoor air safe and clean.

Ultraviolet Air Purifier 

Ultraviolet light has gotten a bad rap over the last several decades and doctors regularly warn us to avoid it.

But UV light is still the most powerful antibacterial and antimicrobial treatment on the planet.

Air treated with short wave concentrated UV light is air free from pathogens, including viral and bacterial and fungal matter, dust mites, pet dander, pollen, mould and mildew, volatile organic compounds and much more.

Both portable and central UV air purifier systems are available.

HEPA Filter

What is a HEPA Filter? HEPA stands for high efficiency particulate air. A HEPA filter is the gold standard in air filtration and has been since it was invented during World War II.

Frontline healthcare workers and workers who have interaction with the general public favour HEPA face masks for precisely this reason. This is also why HEPA air filter is now used in all hospital floors where COVID patients are being treated.

When a HEPA filter system is used inside the home, it can filter out airborne particulates to an incredibly tiny size.

 

Contact CleanAir Solutions For Indoor Air Quality and Duct Cleaning in Hamilton, Ontario

This year's spring cleaning is about a lot more than just dusting and vacuuming. With all eyes on indoor air quality, we are standing by to assist with your indoor air quality questions and needs. 

Not sure how to test air quality? 

Asking yourself, “how does duct cleaning work...really?”. 

What is a HEPA Filter?

How much Is duct cleaning?

We can help! 

Give us a call at 1-905-549-2470 or visit us online to get started.

Free contact-less estimates, quotes, service calls and payment options are available.

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Is Your Indoor Air Humid Enough to Fight COVID?

CleanAir Solutions in Hamilton, Ontario, offers whole home humidity advice for staying healthy during COVID-19.

Is Your Indoor Air Humid Enough to Fight COVID?

Before the worldwide pandemic hit, humidity was often viewed as the enemy of indoor air quality, safety and purity.

After all, mould and mildew spores like nothing better than a nice spot of humidity to grow in. And we all know what mould and mildew can do to a home or workplace.

Pre-COVID, the recommendation was to keep year-round indoor air humidity levels between 30 and 50 percent. But now all that has changed.

Why? The virus that causes COVID-19 doesn't like humidity. This could, potentially, make humidity our new best friend.

Are you concerned about your indoor air quality? At CleanAir Solutions in Hamilton, Ontario, clean indoor air is what we do! 

Learn what experts are saying about the direct link between increased indoor air humidity and reduced risk of COVID-19 transmission. Also learn how to make sure your air has enough humidity to keep you safe.

 

To Fight COVID-19 You Need Hydrated Air

With COVID-19 still very much with us, researchers state it is no longer enough to keep our bodies well hydrated.

Now we need to hydrate the air we are breathing as well.

The link between hydrated or humid air and reduced risk of disease or infection is not a new discovery.

But it hadn't ever made international news headlines until the new novel coronavirus came along.

This is exactly why researchers are no longer recommending that homeowners and business owners aim for 30 to 50 percent humidity year-round.

Today, the recommendation is to keep the relative humidity in your indoor air between 40 and 60 percent at all times.

 

What Does Humidity Do to COVID-19 Droplets?

Put simply, the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 does not like humidity.

The more humidity that is present in the air, the faster the infectious particles will decay, or become unable to cause COVID-19.

One very recent scientific study identified the following differences in decay rate at different levels of humidity:

- At 40 percent humidity, at least half of airborne infectious droplets could remain active for 24 hours or longer.

- At 65 percent humidity, at least half of airborne infectious droplets became non-infectious after just an hour and a half!

 

Why Is Humidity So Vital During Winter?

In the study we just mentioned, the researchers also identified a link between COVID-19 viability and air temperature.

The reason this link exists is largely because colder air is also drier air. This is also why winter is traditionally nicknamed "cold and flu" season.

When the air dries out, so do our bodies. As our bodies are depleted of moisture, we struggle to make the mucous that our immune system uses to trap toxins like viral and bacterial matter as we breathe them in.

When the relative humidity in the air increases, our bodies are able to make more mucus again. This is true regardless of what temperature the surrounding air happens to be.

Normally, we are just fighting off cold and flu during the long, cold winter season here in Canada. But this winter, we are fighting off coronavirus too.

So, maintaining elevated indoor air humidity is more important this year than it ever has been before. Do you know how to test air quality in your home? Keep reading for tips and tricks from our clean air specialists at CleanAir Solutions in Hamilton.  

 

How Can You Measure Indoor Air Humidity?

It just makes sense that you can't adjust your indoor air humidity levels until you first establish what they are.

What is the best way to measure humidity inside your space?

This is easy - all you need is a simple, inexpensive gadget called a hygrometer. You can find hygrometers online and at most major home supply stores and pet stores.

Hygrometers are particularly useful for measuring how humidity changes in different parts of your home or workplace. For example, basements tend to be naturally higher in humidity than the rest of a home.

So you can use a hygrometer to get a good sense of where there is the greatest need to add humidity for your safety.

 

How Much Indoor Air Humidity Is Too Much?

In today's fast-paced, get-it-done-yesterday culture, we have become socialized to believe more is better.

This is definitely not the case with humidity, however!

Too much humidity can cause problems as well.

The study we referenced earlier compared relative humidity levels of 40 percent and 65 percent.

However, at 65 percent humidity, you may find that you are uncomfortable inside your home or workplace. The risk of mites, mould and mildew increases. Belongings and furnishings constructed with organic fibres may develop rot.

High humidity levels can also increase volatile organic compounds (VOCs) off-gassing, leading to respiratory and other health symptoms.

This is why health officials are not recommending increasing your indoor air relative humidity levels to more than 60 percent.

How to Boost Your Home or Workplace Humidity Levels

If you have ever had a child who suffers from seasonal allergies or asthma, you may have placed a small humidifier in their bedroom to ease breathing difficulties, inflammation and discomfort.

In the same way, if you need to increase the amount of relative humidity in your indoor air, the best way to do this is to add a portable or whole-home humidifier system.

Portable humidifiers are the best choice for non-ducted spaces.

If you have a ducted HVAC system, your best choice is a whole-home humidification system. These systems integrate with your existing HVAC to evenly distribute humidity throughout your space.

Right Now Take $50 Off Any Whole Home Humidifier Installation

Contact our clean indoor air experts today for a free estimate on the whole-home humidifier of your choice. At CleanAir Solutions in Hamilton, we supply whole-home humidity control as an air purifier technique 

Take $50 off the cost of installation. And take a whole year to decide. Don't like it - we will refund your purchase price!

Click here to claim this special offer (good through March 31, 2021).

 

CleanAir Solutions in Hamilton, Ontario Is Your Indoor Air Quality Expert

Addressing overly dry indoor air doesn't have to be complicated. Our friendly, experienced indoor air quality experts make the process simple! Ask us about safe, contactless estimates and service calls.

Give us a call at 1-905-549-2470 or visit usonline to get started.

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Get Your Ducts in a Row to Stay Safe and Healthy This Spring

CleanAir Solutions in Hamilton Provides Air Duct Cleaning Packages To Protect Your Family This Spring.

Get Your Ducts in a Row to Stay Safe and Healthy This Spring

It has almost been a whole year since COVID-19 began.

Most of us have spent more time staring at our own four walls this year than at any other time in our lives. When will it end?

We truly have no idea.

If you have been putting off addressing your home indoor air quality concerns, now is the time to start that conversation. Research has delivered data linking air quality to severity of COVID-19 symptoms.

While you may feel like there is nothing you can do to completely prevent exposure to COVID-19, there is a lot you can do to potentially minimize how sick you get if exposure occurs.

Read on to learn why now is the time to get your ducts in a row to make this spring a safe and healthy time for you and your family. At CleanAir Solutions in Hamilton, Ontario, we provide you with the indoor air quality tips you need to help you stay healthy this year!

 

Why Dirty Air Ducts Equal Dirty Lungs

How does duct cleaning work? Air ducts are essentially the "lungs" of your entire indoor air system.

If your air duct system is clogged with dirt, dust, dust mites, pollen, pet dander, mildew, mould, dead insects and insect waste, dirty socks, old comic books (believe us, we've seen it all!)....it is no wonder your home (and its occupants) may be struggling to "breathe" easily.

Many of our customers think that if their HVAC air filter is clean, their ducts must be clean too.

Unfortunately, this is seldom the case, especially if your home has had one or more owners prior to you. The only way to know for sure what is going on up in your ducts is to actually take a look and see for yourself!

 

Is Your Home Harbouring a 'Ductopus'?

Speaking of prior owners, if you happen to own an older home, you may well be harboring that relic of prehistoric HVAC times - the 'ductopus'.

Modern air duct systems are clean and streamlined. It is easy to tell where each duct leads and to troubleshoot any airflow issues.

In contrast, the 'ductopus' truly is like the octopus of the HVAC world.

With a design that reminds you of nothing more than two octopuses locked in undersea combat, it isn't hard to figure out why you have been paying so much for your furnace bills lately.

Sagging, leaking, mis-routed air ducts in unconditioned spaces can serve up a surprisingly hefty helping of airborne toxins along with escalating power bills and inefficient air routing.

The 'ductopus' was a health hazard even before COVID-19. In today's pandemic world, a ductopus is a bonafide health peril.

How to fix this ductwork issue? Simple - it’s time to get your ducts in a row!


What to Expect During An Indoor Air Duct Cleaning

The reason more people don't understand the importance of professional air duct cleaning is simple: it is very hard to see inside your air ducts!

But imagine if you left home for a decade. You didn't hire a cleaning service to come in regularly during your absence. After 10 years passed, you decided to come back home.

What do you think your counters and floors and tables and shelves would look like when you got back?

If you are imagining dust bunnies and thick clouds of dust layering everything inside your home, you now have a fairly accurate picture of what your ducts probably look like on the inside.

If you could see inside your air ducts, you would probably be in there dusting and cleaning them out every week. But you can't.

However, our duct cleaning experts in Hamilton can. The first thing our professional air duct cleaning technicians do when they arrive is to thread a tiny camera up into your air ducts to show you what they look like inside. You can then make the final decision whether to proceed.

Not surprisingly, we rarely have a customer decline at this point.

The whole process typically takes less than a half-day. We use a powerful commercial-grade Rotobrush system equipped with negative pressure vacuum technology.

This ultra-efficient system safely removes all dust, dirt and contaminants without releasing any toxins into your indoor air.

Depending on which air duct cleaning package you select, we follow up this basic duct cleaning with either a sanitizing or deodorizing process or both.

Our air duct cleaning team in Hamilton have gotten used to hearing surprised and happy customers exclaim that they can literally smell the difference in their indoor air after having the air ducts professionally cleaned!

 

How Often Should You Schedule Air Duct Cleaning?

A number of different factors can influence how dirty your indoor air ducts get and how quickly that occurs.

Most of our CleanAir Solutions customers are having their air ducts cleaned for the first time ever.

One of the best safeguards you can implement to make the results of your indoor air duct cleaning service last longer is to change your air filter monthly.

Making sure your ducts are sealed and leak-free will also reduce dust build-up inside your ducts.

For duct systems that meet these two conditions, we recommend scheduling a professional air duct cleaning every five years.

 

Enjoy Big Savings on Indoor Air Quality - On Us!

2021 is definitely the year to make your indoor air quality a top priority. Which is why we are kicking off the start of spring with a special offer to help you stay healthier.

Right now and through April 31, 2021, take 10 percent off the price of any of our popular indoor air duct cleaning packages. Also save $50 on all whole-home humidifier installations.

Click here to claim these valuable offers before they are all gone!

 

Contact CleanAir Solutions in Hamilton, Ontario for All Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

Our friendly, knowledgeable and experienced indoor air quality experts can help you address all your air quality concerns quickly and affordably. Be sure to request our safe contactless estimate, service, invoicing and payment options.

Give us a call at 1-905-549-2470 or visit us online to get started.

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Emergency Indoor Air Quality Tips for Winter Power Outages

CleanAir Solutions In Hamilton provides Emergency Air Quality Tips for Winter Power Outages.

Emergency Indoor Air Quality Tips for Winter Power Outages

Even here in Ontario Canada, we are still far too dependent on electricity to supply our winter power needs.

But where power outages in summer bring one set of challenges, surviving a winter power outage during the cold season is an advanced challenge - even for experienced Canadian snowbirds!

This is especially true in this pandemic year when our options for congregating together in public shelters and pooling our resources with friends and neighbours are much more limited.

It is imperative to consider how best to stay safe, healthy and warm inside your own home space as this unprecedented winter weather continues.

Keep reading for more information on the dangers of power outages in Ontario, Canada from our experienced CleanAir Solutions technicians in Hamilton.

 

4 Special Indoor Air Quality Concerns During Ontario Winter Power Outages

If you have ever once survived a power outage during one of Canada's notorious winter storms, you are not likely to forget it.

However, what you may not have been so conscious of in past years is the sudden sharp decline in indoor air quality that often accompanies a winter power loss.

This toxicity of our indoor air is directly linked to the types of emergency backup power sources we use to stay warm and fed during a power outage.

These are the most concerning indoor air quality toxins you are likely to generate by using these backup power sources:

1. Carbon monoxide (CO).

Carbon monoxide (CO), aka the silent killer, is that odourless, colourless gas that kills hundreds of people each year - most often during the winter months.

Along with idling car engines and malfunctioning furnace pilot lights, backup generators are famous for CO emissions, which take only minutes to kill.

2. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Volatile organic compounds could as easily be called the "toxic cocktail" of gases that can be found in everything from paints and thinners to new carpeting and vehicle interiors.

They are also present wherever butane or gas is being burned, which makes VOCs a frequent hazard during power outages.

3. Smoke, ash and micro-particulates.

There is no doubt sitting around a crackling fire is an instant mood-lifter...for everyone but your lungs.

These are the same smoke, ash and micro-particulate toxins that have been implicated again and again in secondhand smoke-related lung cancer in non-smokers.

4. Radon.

The one and only toxin that can go toe-to-toe with secondhand smoke in triggering new cases of lung cancer in non-smokers is radon gas.

Radon is a year-round natural hazard in many areas throughout Canada.

It tends to build up inside homes in the winter, when we keep our windows shut and the ground is too frozen to allow as much radon to release naturally to the outside air.

 

You Toxic Indoor Air This Winter

Why mention CO poisoning now?

Because the symptoms of CO poisoning are scarily similar to the symptoms of flu.

You may initially think that your dizziness, nausea, headache, body aches, burning eyes and mental fogginess are warning signs of a winter cold or the flu.

You won't have time to discover you are wrong if it is really carbon monoxide causing your symptoms.

Your number one and ONLY guaranteed defence against carbon monoxide fatality is to install a battery powered (NOT electric) carbon monoxide detector and be sure to maintain it properly.

You simply cannot be too careful when it comes to this potentially life-saving indoor air quality monitor.

NOTE: It nearly goes without saying that you should also have working battery powered (NOT electric) smoke alarms and radon detection alarms installed. Be sure to test and service these systems faithfully at the same time you test and service your CO detector system.

 

What Not to Do to Generate Heat During a Winter Power Outage

Many of the other heat sources that generate the majority of indoor air quality concerns during winter power outages can be smelled in advance.

The trouble here is that most of these generate carbon monoxide along with VOCs, particulates and other airborne poisons.

Any combustion appliance is capable of causing health symptoms that range from mild to fatal.

For anyone who is living with compromised lung capacity due to COPD, COVID-19, lung cancer, bronchitis, asthma or even severe seasonal allergies, the health impact can be severe.

This is why you should never use any type of camping stove or camp heater indoors or even in enclosed outdoor spaces during a winter power outage.

Remember, if you are using any type of smoke, radon or CO detector that relies on electricity for power, these will become non-operational during a power outage. You will need to have backup detectors for these times.

 

Protect Yourself and Your Lungs This Winter With Air Quality Testing

The number one way to protect yourself and your lungs this winter begins with indoor air quality testing.

You need to know what is in your indoor air before you can take measures to remediate and clean the air inside your space.

In 72 hours, you can learn exactly which toxins are causing chronic health symptoms and impacting your immune system and put measures in place to counteract these.

Don't let a power outage take down your health along with your power supply. We can help you plan ahead to make sure your home is a safe place to shelter.

 

CleanAir Solutions in Hamilton, Ontario, Is Your Indoor Air Quality Expert

No Ontario Canada winter is ever completely predictable. This is especially true during this pandemic year.

Our highly trained air quality technicians can help you breathe safely while sheltering in place during a winter power outage.

Give us a call at 1-905-549-2470 or visit us online to get started.

P.S. When you call, be sure to ask about our Bundle Up and Save $100 offer!

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What To Do Before Installing a Humidifier, HEPA Filter or UV Air Purifier


CleanAir Solutions in Hamilton answers commonly asked questions about your home's Indoor Air Duct Cleaning.
What To Do Before Installing a Humidifier, HEPA Filter or UV Air Purifier

What if you knew there was one thing you needed to do first before installing your new indoor air quality equipment?

And you knew that, without completing that step first, your new equipment would not deliver on its promise of cleaner indoor air?

Would you do it?

This past year has forced each of us to revisit how well we can tolerate breathing dirty, toxic and potentially viral air. In this post, our CleanAir Solutions Technicians highlight the part of the equation nearly everyone continues to overlook.

 

What Is Professional Air Duct Cleaning?

As we have mentioned so many times here before, air duct cleaning is not glamorous. No one talks about it at cocktail parties - back before COVID when we were still allowed to host cocktail parties, that is.

But even now, when our indoor air quality customers are so familiar with HEPA and ultraviolet air cleaners, they often call to ask for what they need by name, air duct cleaning still goes largely unmentioned.

And our lungs are the poorer for it.

Imagine your home has a set of lungs. Where might you look to find them? For homes with central HVAC systems, the lungs can only be located in one place - your air ducts.

Now imagine those lungs have been breathing in dust and dirt and pollen and mould spores and pet dander and environmental toxins like carbon monoxide and volatile organic compounds for years or even decades.

If you were able to peer inside your home's lungs, how dirty might you expect them to be?

Pretty dirty. We can confirm. In most cases, when we visit a home to provide a Hamilton, Ontario air duct cleaning service, it is the first time that home's "lungs" have ever been cleaned.

And in fact, when we insert our tiny camera up into the ducts to see what there is to be seen, what we see is a spectacularly thick layer of toxic debris just waiting to be exhaled.

Our RotoBrush system uses negative vacuum pressure to exhale all those toxins directly into our secure waste removal canister, following that up with a deodorizing and/or sanitizing treatment (depending on what air duct cleaning package the homeowner has selected).

By evening, with squeaky clean lung-ducts for the first time since the crew broke ground to lay that home's foundation, their indoor air is so clean many customers can actually smell the difference!

 

Why Indoor Air Cleaners Won't Work Without Air Duct Cleaning

Perhaps the idea of investing in both an indoor air cleaner and air duct cleaning seems cost-prohibitive to you.

We understand. 2020 was a tough year financially for many of us.

But if you could only afford to make one change to your indoor air quality right now, we strongly recommend starting with air duct cleaning.

Why?

This cleaning service literally resets the level of purity in your indoor air back to 100 percent.

It not only gets rid of the single socks and old VHS tape holders and comic books and all the other legitimately strange stuff our technicians have found in home air ducts over the decades, but it also removes the far scarier stuff no one can see.

  • The bacteria. 
  • The mildew. 
  • The ash residue. 
  • The viral micro particulates. 
  • The odour.....you know the one - the mysterious odour that, no matter how much (chemical) air "freshener" you try to use, just never goes away.

It was hiding in your air ducts all along!

Try installing a UV air purifier, HEPA filter or humidifier system without first cleaning out your air ducts and you instantly reduce the useful life of your new system by 10 percent or greater (depending on the age of your home and the state of its air ducts).

That is no investment worth writing home about.

 

What to Expect During Indoor Air Duct Cleaning Service

You may have many questions about air duct cleaning and we are happy to answer them.

“How much is duct cleaning?” 

“How does duct cleaning work?”

The biggest question most people have is "do I have to leave the house during air duct service?"

You sure don't. You can stay at home! We even have safe contactless service, invoicing and payment options if you need them.

The next biggest question is "how long will indoor air duct cleaning take?"

The average service call ranges from three to five hours depending on the size of your space and the complexity of its duct system.

Another question we get asked a lot is "what will be done during an air duct cleaning?"

This depends on the package you pick. Options include:

  • Air duct cleaning
  • Deodorizing
  • Sanitizing
  • Clean the air registers
  • Clean furnace fan
  • Clean AC coil

 

Would You Like to Save $100 on Cleaner Indoor Air?

There is no doubt that cleaning up your indoor air is going to require an investment.

The good news is, you only have to make that investment once.

Unlike for many home maintenance needs, air duct cleaning doesn't need to be repeated annually. In fact, once every five to 10 years is usually quite sufficient!

With COVID-19 still raging on, we want to make it easy and affordable for you to protect yourself and your family.

Right now, take $100 off the cost of any of our three popular air duct cleaning packages when you combine your purchase with either a whole-home humidifier or whole-home ultraviolet air purifier.

Click here to claim your $100 savings.

(Don't wait - this offer only lasts until February 28th!)

 

Get Clean Indoor Air With Hamilton Ontario CleanAir Solutions

Cleaner indoor air is no longer a luxury to dream about. It has become a health necessity. At CleanAir Solutions in Hamilton, Ontario. can help you select the perfect package to improve your indoor air quality at home and at work.

Give our friendly, experienced Hamilton air quality technicians a call at 1-905-549-2470 or visit us online.

P.S. Be sure to request our safe contactless estimate, service, invoicing and payment options.

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