Lewis Maclean - December 2019

DECEMBER 2019

Healthier Home Clean Air Makes for a

Over the past couple of months, we’ve gotten many great responses for our furnace giveaway. As you may recall, we reached out to our many customers to tell us about a deserving family in the community who is in need of a new furnace. The submission deadline was Nov. 30. Right now, we’re reading through the applications and narrowing it down. With so many touching stories, it hasn’t been easy, but we hope to have a decision very soon. We’ll keep you posted! As we all know, going into winter without a reliable source of heat is a huge challenge, and no family should go without heat. But sometimes, restoring heat or efficiency is just a matter of calling the right people to take a look at your boiler or furnace. Many people hold off on that call because they don’t want to deal with a big bill — they worry that they’ll have to replace the whole unit — but that often isn’t the case. It usually comes down to performing a little routine maintenance (and no, it’s not too late for winter maintenance). Going into the winter, heat and comfort aren’t the only things homeowners need to worry about. Indoor air quality can be just as important. During the winter months, air inside the home can become stale. At the same time, many homeowners supplement their whole home heating system with a fireplace or stove. While these can be a good source of heat, albeit not the most efficient, they can introduce particulates into the air. These particulates mix in with the dust and dander that may already be present, which can degrade your indoor air quality further.

your home’s air is clean. A good filtration system helps reduce allergens and germs, which can reduce illness and help holiday guests feel more comfortable. Of course, finding the right filter for your home can be the hard part. Many homeowners are familiar with their HVAC system’s air filter. It’s something that most people replace periodically, and it may be accessible through a wall vent leading to the system or accessed directly in the furnace. Some homes may even have a dedicated filtration system. There are a number of different filters on the market that can be fitted into your HVAC system, such as fibreglass, pleated media, HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air), and reusable filters. Fibreglass filters generally trap larger particles and aren’t necessarily designed to clean the air. Small particles like fine dust and dander, along with mites and germs, often slip through and filter back into the home’s air. Pleated media filters are generally better at capturing smaller particles (though this can vary by brand and style). HEPA filters, however, are designed specifically to capture small particles as well as germs and mold. They can help create a healthier air environment within the home and can be ideal for anyone who suffers with allergies. These are ideal for anyone who suffers with allergies. In addition to HEPA filters, there are also activated carbon filters that are more effective at trapping odours, gases, and other airborne pollutants. Ultraviolet (UV) filtration is yet another option. UV air purifiers are typically used alongside other types of air filters because they are not designed to reduce airborne particles (though you can get dual filters that do). Instead, these use UV light to kill viruses and bacteria that may be in the air. These are great during cold and flu season, and can also be ideal for anyone who may have a compromised immune system. While there are other types of filters on the market, these are among the most common. Clean air in the home is another great way to live a healthier lifestyle. It’s one less thing you and your family have to think about — and during the holidays, we can all use one less thing to think about! As always, if you have questions about installing new air filters or you need to schedule someone to come out and take a look at your furnace or boiler, we’re standing by the phone, 24/7, ready to take care of all of your heating, cooling, plumbing, or drainage needs.

As the year comes to an end, we hope it’s been a good one! From all of us at Lewis MacLean Plumbing & Heating, happy holidays and have a wonderful New Year!

1 604-532-9625 • –Tyler Dillon

During the cold and flu season, and during the holidays, it’s even more important to make sure

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