About Damien

Damien McCusker, Manager of Arpi's residential service division, has been working in the HVAC industry for 16 years and has hands-on experience in new home installations, furnace and air conditioner replacements, sales and residential service. He spends most of his spare time being an UBER driver, driving his kids to soccer practice and games.

IAQ - Indoor Air Quality

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Phil Laprairie

Does the idea of pollutants lurking around inside your home bother you? Does their presence trigger health-related issues, such as allergies or asthma? If so, you can do something about it by installing Ultraviolet (UV) lights in your HVAC system to boost the quality of your home’s air and enhance your health all year long.

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Phil Laprairie

Pollutants impact a home’s indoor air quality in ways we generally cannot see. Our homes often contain particulate matter, a group that includes dust, pollen and allergens. There are also chemicals like volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and microbes (viruses, mold and bacteria).

If you have concerns about your home’s indoor air quality, you may want to explore the possibility of incorporating electronic air cleaners into your home comfort system. There are several types:

HEPA

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Phil Laprairie

When you think of spring, do you think of new growth and warm air? Or do you think of runny noses and sneezing? Certainly, there are great things about spring, but it also brings its share of challenges. The weather warms up and plants, trees and grasses begin to grow again. Along with the blooming of new plants comes the trigger of spring allergies.

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Phil Laprairie

Several factors directly contribute to a dusty home. Recent renovations wreak havoc on cleanliness and homeowners have to work overtime to keep on top of the dirt. Older homes are prone to drafts and leaks, causing dust and dirt to easily gain entry into the home. Another factor that you might not have considered yet is your ductwork.

While there is some controversy and varying opinions over the effectiveness of duct cleaning, experts agree that cleaning is beneficial if:

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Phil Laprairie

The quality of indoor air is more important than ever because homes today are built to keep out drafts and seal in energy. Having a tightly sealed home is great for efficiency, but the air inside can become noticeably stale. How is a homeowner to know if indoor air is a potential hazard? Repeated colds or illness during winter months is one sign. Controlling the root of the problem and improving ventilation can help, along with testing indoor air quality.

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Phil Laprairie

You’ve spent valuable time making sure your home is tightly sealed by caulking, insulating, and cleaning ducts. Because a tightly-sealed home provides a refuge from drafts and wind, there’s a chance your home may now be too airtight to allow for fresh air circulation. Ventilation systems are the solution.

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Phil Laprairie

Anything that burns fossil fuels — from cars, gas heaters and stoves, water heaters to propane heaters and lamps — can produce carbon monoxide when the fuel isn’t burned efficiently.

Because it is odorless, tasteless and invisible, carbon monoxide (CO) is even more dangerous because victims have little warning of its presence. Given the insidious nature of the gas, CO detectors are equally as important as smoke detectors.

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Phil Laprairie

While most of us use air cleaning devices that remove particles and microorganisms, the effectiveness of these devices may be limited to a certain extent by what they can do when it comes to air treatment. This is especially the case in a home where there is someone suffering from asthma or allergies or if the house has mold problems.

Having UV light treatment equipment installed will go a long way to resolving this problem. UV lights are known to prevent the buildup of pollutants, prevent mold growth and UV lights require low maintenance.

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