Tag Archives: mold

November 26, 2018

Seven tools for improving indoor air quality

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air is five times more polluted than outside. Now that it’s getting colder outside, it’s even more critical that your customers have good indoor air quality (IAQ). While doors and windows remain closed this season, your customers rely on the excellent ventilation capabilities of the vents […]

HVAC, Ventilation
September 10, 2018

How ultraviolet lights protect HVAC systems

How do you keep your customers’ homes healthy?  For starters, you can include wall caps and roof vents that protect a building’s rainscreen. But the building envelope isn’t the only source of contamination. Sometimes the HVAC equipment itself introduces unhealthy microbes into the air. One way to minimize this and ensure good indoor air quality […]

HVAC, Technology Focus
July 30, 2018

How to prepare a home before a storm hits

As we all bake in the summer heat, it’s easy to accept the reality of global climate change. Besides the warmer temperatures, the increase in sea levels and ocean temperatures caused by climate change are causing an increase in the frequency and intensity of storms. Most HVAC equipment is already designed to be tough and […]

HVAC, Installer Tips
September 18, 2017

Why HVAC is Important to a Healthy Workplace

How many factors play a role in the quality of indoor air quality (IAQ)? For starters, rainscreens and wall caps that protect the building envelope, definitely improve IAQ many residential and commercial buildings by preventing mold and rot. Next on the list is a properly designed and maintained HVAC system – an essential part of […]

HVAC
August 21, 2017

Why Ductwork Should be Installed in the Conditioned Space

With real estate at a premium, every square inch of indoor environment is worth more to your customers. Ductwork can eat into living space so innovative space-saving features like squeeze elbows are in demand. Ceiling diffusers can help route vents to alternative locations avoiding lengths of ductwork. The majority of ducts are installed in unconditioned […]

Construction Methods, Installer Tips
July 20, 2015

What stops mold growth in a ventilated attic?

A recent study on attic ventilation found that extra airflow doesn’t guarantee less mold and fungus growing in the rafters. Really? Commissioned by the Homeowner Protection Office of BC Housing, the study was in response to “anecdotal observations” that a significant number of wood-framed buildings on the West Coast showed mold growth on the roof […]

Ventilation
June 15, 2015

Signs an HVAC System Needs a Check Up

Talk about high maintenance! With most HVAC systems in continual service, be it heating throughout the winter or cooling in the summer, pay attention to these warning signs. Remember that wall caps, soffit vents, grilles and roof vents are exposed to weather extremes and might need some care as well. Temperature check One sign an […]

HVAC
May 19, 2015

Retrofitting Bathroom Fans

It’s surprising how many older homes lack bathroom fans. In the past, when there was little concern over wasted energy, open windows were the solution to bathroom odors and humidity. Bathrooms easily create the most moisture and humidity in the home. This rise in humidity encourages the growth of mold, mildew and other microorganisms, which […]

Construction Methods, HVAC, Installer Tips
March 24, 2015

Spring Cleaning Your HVAC System

Most of us are concerned with the air we breathe, particularly if we live in polluted urban areas. But how many of us realize that the air in our home and workplaces can be even more toxic? Some of the pollutants circulating through buildings’ HVAC systems are not only dangerous to those with compromised immune […]

HVAC, Ventilation
June 30, 2014

How a CFM fan rating affects ventilation

Moisture is a constant enemy in a home.  Too much will create mold and other problems.  Too little will aggravate allergies and create static electric shocks.  Active venting is one important way you can help manage the water in the air. The bathroom can often be a home’s greatest source of moisture issues.  Every day […]

HVAC, Ventilation