Canadians spend 90 per cent of their time inside. With this statistic in mind, there is no wondering why indoor air quality has become such a hot topic of late. Add to this the presence of pollution in the air we breathe in our homes and you’ll see why an overview here is critical. First off, it’s important to understand who stands to be harmed the most by contaminants in the air we breathe inside. Children top the list, along with those suffering from lung diseases and asthma or allergies. People who suffer from suppressed immune systems are also more likely to suffer when the air inside the home is contaminated. There are a few symptoms that indicate something needs to be done about air quality, including shortness of breath and fatigue as well as skin, eye, nose and throat irritation. Generally, these pollutants fall under two categories – chemical and organic. Even some household cleaners and air fresheners can fall under the chemical pollutants banner and second hand tobacco smoke as well as paints and even oil and gas appliances can also cause problems. As far as the organic offenders go, animal dander falls under this category, as does pollen, bacteria and even different kinds of fungi and mould. Dust mites and other insects can also cause irritation and getting the right air purification system is often the answer. It’s important to remember your furnace moves the total volume of air in your home twice an hour when you set your fan to run constantly. With a proper filtration system, your air is kept clean through your ductwork. The best way to improve the air quality in your home is to increase the MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) rating of your furnace filter. This eliminates more of the indoor pollutants that exist within your home. For most families this means upgrading to a MERV 10 filter, but for those who have breathing problems, a MERV 16 filter or even one of our PureAir systems that use UV lights to eliminate bacteria might be the solution. For more information on the filtration and purification products that we offer, simply click here and check out our most popular products like the HC16 and the PureAir System or call us and we would be more than happy to recommend the air quality filter or system that would be right for you. Oosterveld Heating and Air Conditioning is a family owned and operated business servicing Guelph and the surrounding areas. You can see their fine selection of Lennox equipment at www.oosterveldheating.com or call them at 519-837-2351. Dive into Summer Savings! Receive up to $2,000* with purchase of a new Lennox home comfort system. Offers valid on installations from July 1 to August 23, 2013. Click here for more details.