Raise Your IAQ And Breath Easier

We’re finally beginning to see spring show up in Vancouver. The trees are just starting to bud, flowers are popping up everywhere, and the days are warmer most of the time. It’s exciting, but what spring brings with it is problematic for our indoor air quality (IAQ).

One of the most prevalent spring air pollutants is pollen. It’s allergy season, and as the flowers shed their irritating spores, many of them get into your home, causing stuffy noses, red, puffy eyes, and other reactions.

However, indoor air pollution examples go beyond that. In warm weather, humidity inside the home rises a well. Higher humidity leads to more airborne contaminants, not just pollen but dust, mold and mildew, and even bacteria. These contaminants thrive in moist environments, lowering indoor air quality and making our allergies and asthma worse.

Spring also leads to increased evidence of volatile organic compounds (VOC’s). If you’re doing spring cleaning, many of your supplies — oven cleaners, floor polish to paints and solvents — all containing harmful chemicals. The fumes they emit can remain in your air for a long time, making it difficult to breathe for many people.

There’s a few things you can do to make things better. Make sure you change your furnace air filter regularly, so it can continue removing the and other contaminants. If you are doing major renovations or cleanup, it might be smart to change the filter after you are finished, as it’s likely your filter has been working harder than usual. 

Set your thermostat to “cool” or “auto” under the system function. Setting it lower will not make it cool down faster.  

Clean, fresh air is important year round, of course, but we’ve all recognized its importance particularly in 2020-21, as we’ve all been at home a lot more. Seasonal allergies and dust can affect us while we’re indoors! When it comes to Indoor Air Quality, Gandy Installation has a host of solutions for you — from humidifiers, HEPA filters, UV lights, and the PureAir Filtration system (with a MERV 16 filter, UV light and catalyst)  These range of filters remove from 85 to 95% of fine particles. As the “Gold Standard” in Air Quality products, the PureAir system removes 90% of bioaerosols (MERSA, cold, and flu) down to 0.01 microns. A conversation with their professionals can help you build a clean air solution for your home that suits your budget, your lifestyle and health concerns.

It’s also a great idea to have Gandy Installations perform a tuneup on your system. Whether it’s a furnace, air conditioner, boiler, heat pump or even pool heaters, fireplaces, tankless water heaters or air exchangers, getting your system ready for spring and summer gives you confidence that your indoor air quality is the best it can be. Breathe easier!

What is included in a furnace tune-up?

Safety:

  • Heat exchanger inspection
  • Check venting condition
  • Test operation of safeties
  • Test home for carbon monoxide
  • Test mechanical room for gas leaks
  • Check and adjust water temperature

Cleaning & Operation:

  • Clean thermostat and check operation and adjust schedule to fit customer’s needs
  • Observe furnace for proper operation
  • Change/Clean filter
  • Clean fan blades
  • Clean and oil fan motor
  • Adjust belts (if applicable)
  • Clean all furnace parts and cabinets
  • Clean and adjust air shutters
  • Clean burners and pilot assembly
  • Tidy electrical wiring and tighten any loose connections
  • Measure amperage draw from several components
  • Check temperature rise
  • Observe for proper clearances of venting and combustion air
  • Observe condition and alignment of burners
  • Clean hot water tank and observe for gas/water leaks
  • Check and adjust gas pressure

What is included in an air conditioner/heat pump tune-up?

  • Clean thermostat and check operation and adjust schedule to fit customer’s needs
  • Observe unit for proper operation
  • Change/Clean filter
  • Clean all unit parts and cabinets
  • Tidy electrical wiring and tighten any loose connections
  • Measure amperage draw from several components
  • Check temperature rise/drop
  • Ensure indoor fan is operating on high speed
  • Check refrigerant levels
  • Test operating pressures
  • Clean outdoor condensing unit
  • Balance air flow
  • Check and clean condensate line
  • Observe indoor coil
  • Inspect compressor