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Advice from the Professionals
August 2021

Start Saving Money and Staying Healthy With An Air Exchanger Installation

Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario, offers energy saving tips for improved indoor air quality this year.

Start Saving Money and Staying Healthy With An Air Exchanger Installation

Have your energy bills begun to stack up this summer? With the recent heat wave, it’s been a challenge for homeowners to keep their energy bills from skyrocketing! And with the pandemic still in motion, trying to keep yourself and your family healthy is also top of mind! 

Is there a way to do both - save money AND stay healthy?

YES!

One of the highly recommended solutions to helping achieve both goals is to install an air exchanger within your home!

Until roughly the 20th century, your “air exchanger” was an open window. This solution allowed for stale air to be essentially let out, and for fresh air to drift in. But, thankfully, the world has drastically evolved since then! 

Today, our air exchanger method is much more advanced - and thank goodness for that! As the pandemic continues, having clean indoor air is so important! 

But not only is our health thanking us, but our bank account too! 

Keep reading to find out how installing an air exchanger can benefit your indoor air quality

 

What Is An Air Exchanger?

An air exchanger is a ventilation and climate control system that aims to bring fresh air in from the outside.

There are two main types of air exchanger systems: 

  1. HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilator 

  2. ERV (Energy Recovery Ventilator)

Both of these systems function in similar ways, however in Northern Ontario, we usually recommend installing an HRV. 

Why?

HRVs don’t cause as much indoor air humidity reduction, which allows for more moisture in our indoor air - something our northern homeowners with dry air are grateful for!

Regardless of the system you choose, however, both allow for regular air cycles and can aid in temperature control. 

3 Benefits Of An Air Exchanger: 

  1. Removes your stale indoor air and replaces it with fresh outdoor air. 

  2. The humidity levels of your home are properly balanced and maintained. 

  3. Recycles heat energy in order to pre-cool or pre-heat incoming air.

  4. Lowers your energy bills by recycling heat energy. 

How Does An HRV Work To Keep Your Air Properly Ventilated?

Did you know that Toronto actually requires ALL new home construction to install an air exchanger? That’s how effective they are at cleaning the indoor air quality of your home! 

Since our most highly recommended air exchanger system is the HRV, let’s talk about this product in more depth! 

Essentially, the HRV splits the air flow into two separated pathways. Logically, this would be one pathway for fresh incoming air and one pathway for stale outgoing air. In order for this process to work effectively, it’s important that these pathways are clear and do not intertwine.That’s why they are entirely self-contained!

At the very centre of these two pathways lies the heat recovery core, which transfers energy in the form of heat from one air stream to another - hence, Heat Recovery!

You can probably guess how this heat energy is then used to aid in temperature control, but we’ll break it down anyway!

Pre-heating Cold Fresh Air In Winter 

The heat energy within the stale outgoing air is recycled and used to pre-heat the cold fresh air.

Pre-cooling Hot Fresh Air In Summer

The heat energy from fresh incoming air is recycled and pushed back outside, ensuring that the fresh incoming air is pre-cooled.

Can I Still Use An Air Exchanger Without Ducts?

Although it is easier and more common to install a heat recovery ventilator within your ducted HVAC system, it is possible to install a ductless air exchanger as well! 

This option, however, was not available until recently when the pandemic began and increased the need for cleaner indoor air quality. 

Did you know that the ductless air exchanger also has an allergy-symptom reducing option? This specialized add-on air filter is used for trapping solid particles - like pollen and dust! 

How Is Using An Air Exchanger Cheaper?

Although your air exchanger will require the use of energy in order to run, a number of official estimates say that the HRV can capture from 75-90% of the heat energy present in your cycled air! 

This means that you can save up to 50% of your seasonal energy expenses!

Maximize Your Savings: In order to MAXIMIZE your savings, ensure that your newly installed Heat Recovery Ventilator is Energy Star certified!

Contact Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario, For Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

Did you know that inadequate air ventilation in your home can increase indoor pollutant levels? By not bringing in enough fresh outdoor air to dilute those harmful emissions from indoor sources and failing to remove indoor air pollutants from the home, your indoor air quality will steadily decrease. 

Increasing temperatures and high humidity levels can also increase the concentrations of some of these harmful indoor air pollutants! 

At Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario, we care about your health AND budget! Contact our qualified team of indoor air quality experts to learn more about our HVAC ventilation options so that you can start lowering your energy bills and protecting your health this year! 

Contact our Indoor Air Quality Specialists at (705) 560-2441 or Fill Out Our Indoor Air Quality Service Form!

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How To Increase The Quality Of Your Indoor Air With Your Home Air Conditioning 

Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario, offers improved indoor air quality tips for homeowners during the pandemic.

How To Increase The Quality Of Your Indoor Air With Your Home Air Conditioning 

Getting over the COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be quite the difficult process - especially in Ontario! Some researchers say that getting ahead of the pandemic is difficult for two main reasons: 

  1. Failing to reach the coverage vaccination estimate of 70%.

  2. The continual denial of the need for improved indoor air quality. 

With the continual mutating of the virus and new variants being introduced to our communities, the concept of controlling the spread of COVID-19 and overcoming the virus in all of its connotations is quite daunting! 

To many, it may even seem impossible.

But even though the virus cannot be controlled, we have the advanced knowledge and technology necessary in providing protection against the virus for both ourselves and our families.

One of the solutions that researchers have found regarding safeguarding against the COVID-19 virus and its variants is improving your home’s indoor air quality.

Indoor air quality has not always been the most popular topic for homeowners, however that has drastically changed since the onset of COVID-19! Today, many homeowners are aware of the need to upgrade these air quality systems and improve the airflow within their homes in order to help purify their air. 

How clean is your indoor air? What are some ways that you can improve it using your central air conditioner or ductless air conditioner? Keep reading to find out! 

 

Improve Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality With Air Filtration

What is air filtration? In one of our previous blogs, we talked about the Difference Between Air Filtration and Air Purification. But the main difference between the two is that air filtration blocks or removes toxins while air purification neutralizes them. 

So, we understand that air filtration is a process that removes airborne particles from the air. But how does it do this? 

By using the air filter on your ductless or central air conditioner or furnace! 

HVAC Air Filter

One of the easiest and most common ways to filter your indoor air is with an HVAC air filter. Did you know that you should be replacing your HVAC air filter every 30 days? 

If it is not changed regularly, the filter can become clogged, making it difficult for air to pass through. 

If you do not change the air filter on your central air conditioning, the unit may begin to let contaminants in, causing it to fail. 

If you fail to change the air filter on your furnace, the unit is likely to overheat - causing you  an expensive furnace repair. 

Researchers say that changing your air filter every 30 days can actually help maintain your indoor air quality drastically, helping you stay safe from COVID-19! 

But is that the only thing you need? 

Actually, no! Although changing your air filter is a great start, for more adequate protection,  HVAC experts are also recommending the addition of a HEPA air filtration system as well. 

HEPA Air Filtration

What is a HEPA air filter? HEPA actually stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air and it dates all the way back to World War II! Scientists actually used this filter in order to protect themselves from radiation leaks. 

Much like a regular HVAC air filter, the HEPA air filtration system traps airborne solid and organic matter. The HEPA filter, however, provides a much denser filter that allows for smaller floating particles to be trapped as well! 

FUN FACT: The HEPA filtration system is still standard issue in laboratories and COVID-19 hospital wards. 

Do you have a central air conditioning and/or heating system? If so, a HEPA air filtration system is easily integratable - allowing 99.97% of particles to be broken down to 0.3 microns (1/100 the width of a strand of human hair!). 
 

UV Air Purification As The Cleanest and Safest Indoor Air Solution

As we mentioned before, air purification neutralizes solid airborne particles instead of trapping them. But in order to provide the cleanest and safest indoor air quality solution, both liquid and gaseous airborne toxins need to be neutralized as well. 

Since these toxins are more difficult to “trap”, the only way to properly neutralize them is through a purification process. And what better purification method than the strongest purifying agent in the world - ultraviolet light! 

Did you know that the world was designed with it’s own air purifier? The sun actually emits three bands of UV light - A, B and C. 

Both A and B bands are blocked by the ozone layer, however C is the light band that reaches earth (and can cause sunburn). 

How Does UV Purification Work?

UV purification is a natural process that changes the molecular structure of a liquid and gaseous toxin in order to neutralize it. 

Essentially, the UV light will penetrate the RNA within a gaseous or liquid droplet and prevent it from replicating (which is what can make a person sick). 

If you have a central air conditioner or central heating unit, a UV air purifier is easily integrable. 

If you have a ductless air conditioner and/or furnace, a standalone UV air purifier can also do the same job as the integrable option. 

Can you Choose Either a HEPA Air Filter or UV Air Purifier? Or Do You Need Both?

Although it is recommended that homeowners invest in both a HEPA air filter and a UV air purifier, we understand that this is not always a reasonable solution. 

If you’re unsure whether to install a HEPA air filter or a UV air purifier, we recommend choosing the UV air purifier. 

Why?

Because the UV air purifier ensures that every molecule is exposed to the neutralizing process before it reaches you - making it the safest air cleaning option!

 

Contact Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario For Expert Air Conditioning and Indoor Air Quality Service 

Are you concerned with your indoor air quality, especially during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic? Thankfully, there’s a way to ensure that it is both clean and safe for you and your family to breathe. 

At Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario, keeping our customers safe and comfortable is so important to us! Our indoor air quality experts work with families in ensuring that they are breathing in the purest air at home. 

Contact our qualified HVAC technicians today to learn more about your indoor air quality options! Call us at 705-560-2441 or visit us online!

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