Renovations ~ Carpentry

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St.Catharines, ON
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Breathe Safely In Your Home

During the winter months your homes air can become filled with pollutants and gases that in the summer you would not experience because you tend to have your windows open and doors are left open as well. It is a good idea to check a few things during the winter season so that you and your family can breathe safely and enjoy good health in your home.

The first thing you should check is the air filters in your furnace. They can be a disposable paper filter or a washable fibre filter. They can also be found in your electronic air cleaner with both a pre filter and the electronic cells which are larger. All of these filters are found on the return air side of your furnace. They filter out all the dust, animal dander and gases that accumulate in your house. They protect your furnace motor and burners from dirt which hinders the smooth and clean operation of your furnace.

You should check all the filters on a regular basis and clean or replace them often. The standard 1” wide replaceable or washable filters should be replaced on a monthly basis in the winter months and on a bi monthly basis in the summer and the shoulder months. The electronic filters should be checked on a monthly basis as well but may not need as much attention except for the pre filters which trap more of the larger particles.

There are a lot of thoughts on how often you should get your ducts professionally cleaned. Some say that you need it every fall to get ready for the upcoming winter season and others only every 2 years or so. It really depends on how much pollutants your family creates in the course of a year. If there are multiple pets in the house then every year would be advisable. Otherwise every 2 to 3 years is sufficient. The only exception is when you have just completed a renovation. This will disturb and create a substantial amount of dust, debris and gases due to the breaking down of walls and such and the rebuilding and installation of new materials which can give off gasses for up to year after installation.

If you follow these guidelines and suggestions you and your family will be able to enjoy your home and breathe easier knowing that you are making the air quality in your home as clean as possible.