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How Does Outdoor Pollution Affect Indoor Air Pollution?

How Does Outdoor Pollution Affect Indoor Air Pollution?


Air pollution can cause health issues for anyone. Even those who are young or do not experience allergic reactions can be negatively impacted by both indoor and outdoor pollution. To stay healthy indoors, understanding outdoor pollution is still important.

What Is Indoor Pollution?

Indoor pollution refers to the air quality inside a building. Examples of indoor pollution include pet dander, mold and asbestos. While these are typically found within the actual home or building, outdoor pollution can play a part.

Outdoor pollution can occur from a number of different sources. Chimney smoke, contaminated soil and certain forms of dust can cause the air to become contaminated. Once air pollution has occurred, this can have side effects ranging from mild to severe depending on the person.

How Can Outdoor Pollution Impact Indoor Air Quality?

Outdoor air pollution can enter a home or building in multiple ways. One of the most common ways outdoor pollution such as smog or smoke can enter indoors is through an open window. Doors that are left open or windows that are not completely closed can allow air to come directly inside. 

HVAC systems can make a big difference when controlling air quality. Not only can air conditioning control the temperature of an indoor space, but it can improve the breathing quality of air. If HVAC systems are not properly functioning, they can allow for the accumulation of air pollution to build. Routine maintenance is advised for any system.

How To Improve Indoor Air Quality

A-Plus Quality, HVAC services in the Greater Toronto Area, can help improve air quality by providing your home with the necessary maintenance and repairs if needed. To maintain an efficient HVAC system so that outdoor air pollution doesn’t come indoors, A-Plus Quality, HVAC services in the Greater Toronto Area, can provide routine checks.

A routine maintenance check can help keep indoor air quality clean and safe for those inside. A home or office without indoor air pollution is less likely to cause irritated eyes, headaches, fatigue, respiratory diseases or even issues pertaining to the lungs. A-Plus Quality, HVAC services in the Greater Toronto Area can help keep air safe for anyone inside. Contact us today to schedule a maintenance appointment! 

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  • What are mini-split advantages?

    Just as the name implies, a “mini-split” system is a “split system” however available in smaller capacities, for single room to whole house conditioning. Mini-split systems may range from as small as 9,000 BTUh per hour, comparable to say, a small window AC unit, for individual room use, up to 4 and 5 ton capacities for “Room By Room” (also known as “Zoning”) and whole house conditioning. With near universal design, mini-splits are “heat pumps” which provide both heating and cooling for a home. Here are key advantages when compared to traditional split systems:

    Efficiency- Mini-splits are highly engineered systems which offer attractive operating efficiencies, in many instances, eligible for utility company rebates.
    Heat Pump- Most mini-split systems are heat pumps, providing year-round comfort.
    Solar friendly- Due to very low power requirements, mini-splits are an ideal complement to “Net Zero Energy” homes, or any home using renewable power.
    Carbon footprint- Mini-splits are 100% electric, with zero operating emissions of any type.
    Zoning- Most mini-split manufacturers offer systems capable of room-by-room “zoning”, to account for peak demands of a room based upon construction type, exposure orientation and usage.
    Variable capacity- Mini-splits are typically DC inverter driven. That is, a variable speed compressor which modulates in proportion to instantaneous demand. Most conventional split systems, by comparison, operate with an ON-OFF strategy. (Would you use an ON-OFF switch as the accelerator in your vehicle?)
    Location, Location, Location!- Mini-split outdoor units are compact; they can be located far away from noise-sensitive areas, such as bedrooms and home offices. Mini-split indoor units have the ability to be installed where conventional systems cannot.
    They’re perfect for additions and remodels where access to current HVAC system is difficult to access.
    Modern mini-split systems are remarkably quiet; in fact, many times their operation is unnoticed by the end user.

  • Why should I maintain my Furnace or AC?

    An annual maintenance will extend the lifetime of your heating and cooling unit. The technician will diagnose and repair any problem with the unit before it fails, so you won't need to worry about any problems when the weather gets very hot in the summer or extremely cold in the winter.

  • Furnace is blowing cold air in Winter?

    This can be due to Ignition lockout, sometimes could be resolved by resetting the power  and if this does not resolve the issue you should contact a certified gas technician from A-Plus Quality to get this problem resolved!

  • Why is there ice building up on the copper pipes?

    There can be many reasons why the refrigerant pipes are freezing up but the most common issue is low refrigerant levels. If your AC unit has ice buildup turn off the unit for at least 4 hours and call us at 416-410-0337

  • What is a heat pump?

    Heat pumps use electricity to move heat from a cool space to a warm space, making the cool space cooler and the warm space warmer. During the heating season, heat pumps move heat from the cool outdoors into your warm house and during the cooling season, heat pumps move heat from your cool house into the warm outdoors. Because they move heat rather than generate heat, heat pumps can provide equivalent space conditioning at as little as one quarter of the cost of operating conventional heating or cooling appliances.

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