As seen in the Toronto Sun.
Your home is your refuge. It’s the place you go to rest, recover and spend quality time with family and friends.
But when your home’s air is filled with dust, pet dander, dirt and even cold and flu viruses, your home may be the place that’s making you sick.
EiEiHome spoke with Bill Watson of Air Plus Heating and Cooling, a Toronto-based company that has been providing furnace and air conditioner installation, service and repair for over 20 years, about how to clean your home’s air.
How the flu travels. Flu viruses travel through tiny water particles released by coughs and sneezes and connect themselves to dust particles. These particles get pulled through the forced air circulation system in your home.
“With a standard furnace filter, those flu viruses travel through the house seven times,” says Watson.
While a standard furnace filter can trap some of those particles, they aren’t good enough to trap them all, leaving your family at risk for illness.
Who’s at risk? Young children, the elderly or individuals with respiratory issues such as asthma are especially affected by poor air quality.
Watson says many people who suffer from respiratory illnesses will purchase a HEPA room filter to clean the air, but will often still find asthma triggers in their home as these filters are still not enough to trap the majority of these particles.
A cleaner life. Watson says the best way to clean the air is to install a whole home air filtration system.
These systems, which cost around $1,700 installed, have a multi-stage filter that eliminates 99 percent of flu viruses travelling through your home and eliminates 99.7 percent of particles and contaminants including cooking odors, dust, dirt and pet dander.
A whole home air filtration system can catch anything as small as .1 micron, “that’s eight times better than a HEPA room filter,” says Watson.