Many factors are dependent on the air quality of your home – your health, the level of efficiency in your home and your overall comfort. With the cold months quickly approaching, you need to start worrying about the indoor air pollutants, particularly if your home is firmly sealed for efficiency.

Homes that are tightly sealed and insulated confine contaminants that grow and accumulate. If you find that your home often feels stuffy, it may be a breeding ground for micro-organisms, emissions, and odors.

These contaminants may be lurking inside and outside your home, read on to find out how to get rid of them.

  1. Filters: Use a high-efficiency filter for your air conditioner and furnace. And don’t forget to check it monthly or according to manufacturer recommendations.
  2. Humidity control: High indoor humidity boosts the spread of dust mites, bacteria and mold. Try using a whole-home dehumidifier attached to the air ducts, which can bring high indoor humidity down to ideal levels.
  3. Ventilate: Restocking your home with fresh-air removes or reduces contaminants. Energy-recovery ventilators are whole-home balanced ventilation systems that pre-heat and pre-cool fresh supply air. This reduces the load on your furnace and air conditioner and delivers fresh air any time in any weather.
  4. Air purifiers: Air purifiers remove and deactivate airborne contaminants using a combination of devices, such as UVGI technology, carbon-activated filtration and HEPA filtration.
  5. HVAC maintenance:  Your HVAC system can house mold and other contaminants and re-circulate them through your home. So schedule HVAC maintenance as soon as possible to ensure your home has the best indoor quality for the long Toronto winter months.

Many factors are dependent on the air quality of your home – your health, the level of efficiency in your home and your overall comfort. With the cold months quickly approaching, you need to start worrying about the indoor air pollutants, particularly if your home is firmly sealed for efficiency.