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Advice from the Professionals
April 2023

Beware of These Harmful Building Materials During Spring Renos

Home Renovations And Their Affect On Indoor Air Quality.

Beware of These Harmful Building Materials During Spring Renos

The sun is shining again! That means it’s go-time for reno season!

If you’re like most homeowners, the first signs of spring mean it’s time to put all those cooped-up ideas into action. Whether it's redoing your flooring, building that deck or painting the cabinets!

But be careful!

While hammering away, it’s important to consider the materials and processes you use.

Many homeowners have no idea of the impact these materials/processes have on their indoor air quality. And it’s a bigger deal than you think!

Many building materials, products and processes can become a health hazard. That’s why you must know what materials you’re dealing with and how each can affect you.

Are you getting ready to start your first spring project? If so, keep reading!


Harmful Building Materials, Products and Processes

When planning a home project, indoor air quality probably isn't your first thought.

But we’re hoping that after reading this, you’ll be more aware of the potential hazards.

Whether you’re an expert builder or new to the trade, there is always so much to learn. And it’s up to you to ensure you have the knowledge you need to make informed decisions about the health of your home.

So don’t go tearing down walls just yet!

Drywall Dust

If you’re planning on installing drywall, this one’s a doozy!

Installing drywall dust is messy and time-consuming. While the results or beautiful, the process is anything but.

With all that dust in the air, it’s easy to imagine the effects it can have on your indoor air quality.

There is a safe exposure limit of 15 mg/m3 - set by The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). But according to a recent evaluation by NIOSH HHE, drywall sanders get 10 times that exposure!

This makes them even more vulnerable! 

Health Effects of Inhaling Drywall Dust:
  • Lung Irritation
  • Lung Inflammation
  • Coughing
  • Respiratory Difficulties

Wood Dust

Another common thing you’ll see floating around the air during renovations is wood dust.

Wood dust becomes airborne during processes like sawing and sanding. You can typically prevent exposure to it with effective Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). But don’t forget to wear the equipment during the cleaning process too!

Exposure can happen directly during the process and indirectly when cleaning the area.

Health Effects of Wood Dust Exposure:
  • Skin Irritation
  • Dermatitis
  • Respiratory issues
  • Sneezing
  • Headaches
  • Coughing

Chemicals in Building Materials and Processes

When preparing for a project, you look for the most durable materials. This ensures that the result is sturdy and safe.

But many people don’t realize that the sturdiness of their materials is only one safety aspect.

The other lies in the installation or deconstruction processes, and how they affect air quality.

The installation process usually requires the use of adhesives, sealants and coatings. These products almost always emit VOCs during and after their installation. While some are harmless, others are odorous, irritating or toxic.

During the deconstruction process, you may have to disturb some of these hazardous materials. While they are harmless if left untouched, disturbing them isn't safe. This can cause harmful particles to become airborne.

Below is a list of some common chemicals in building materials and processes.

Formaldehyde in Laminate Flooring

Certain types of laminate flooring off-gas formaldehyde - an odorous and flammable chemical.

This chemical exists naturally in the air at low levels (less than 0.03 ppm). And most people have no problems when exposed to it. But others can experience irritation to their eyes, nose, throat, airways and skin.

Scientists also linked high levels of formaldehyde over many years to rare nose and throat cancers in workers.

Thankfully, the exposure in laying a laminate floor isn't enough to severely harm you.


Note: Do you have laminate flooring in your home made in China between 2012-2014? If so, we recommend assessing your health immediately. The CDC and ATSDR only evaluated certain types of this flooring. That means they may not all be safe for your home.

Off-Gassing Solvents in Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring is another synthetic material replicating a wooden floor.

With this type of flooring, you’ll want to be extremely careful with the installation process.

Most installation processes are harmless. But others emit of-gassing solvents that can affect your air quality and health.

Asbestos in Popcorn Ceiling and Insulation

Asbestos is a heat-resistant fibrous silicate mineral.

Popular placements for this material were popcorn ceilings and home insulation between 1950-1980.

When left undisturbed and isolated, this material is harmless.

But if disturbed (handled, sawed, or sanded), this material can become a health hazard.

If you have asbestos in your home, only allow a professional to remove it.

Lead in Old Paint

Don't start painting or stripping paint just yet! You must first be mindful of the potential hazards.

For example:

If you’re planning on stripping old paint in a house built before 1978, there’s lead air pollution to worry about.

Lead is toxic metal with zero safe level of exposure.

You typically have nothing to worry about if you leave the paint untouched and it is in good condition. But if you scrape the paint off or it becomes chipped, the harmful particles become airborne.

Lead is extremely dangerous - causing lead poisoning in almost every system of the body.

Harmful Effects of Lead Exposure:

  • Behavioural Problems
  • Reduced Cognitive Function
  • Seizures
  • Paralysis
  • Brain and Kidney Damage

If you plan to remove lead paint from your home, take the necessary safety precautions. Only allow a trained professional to remove it.


Protect Your Indoor Air Quality This Reno Season

Your indoor air quality is vital to the health of your family and home.

Now that you know what you’re up against, you’re more prepared to get the job done safely!

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Important Things To Consider When Building a New Home

HVAC Design and Installation for Sudbury New Home Construction.

Important Things To Consider When Building a New Home

Happy home-building season!

If you’re building your new home, this article is for you.

New home construction involves countless, timely decisions. From outlet placement to kitchen cabinets and home layout, there’s always a decision to make.

The fun part is deciding what your dream home will look like. The downside is how much time you’ll spend in the selection process.

Let’s be honest. Once you browse 50 different flooring choices, they all start to meld together. Suddenly, choosing the best features for your new home becomes stressful and time-consuming.

Thankfully, we can help take some of the load off!

While we aren’t homebuilders, we play a vital role in setting up the major systems within your new home.

Our team of professionals handles everything from whole-home HVAC to your patio barbecue!

It's our goal to help keep your project moving forward - on schedule and within your budget. We also offer expert guidance and advice for important decisions along the way!

Keep reading to learn how Campeau Heating can help you make your dream home come true.

Get a free quote on new home HVAC design and installation!


New Home Heating and Cooling

Your brand-new home deserves unmatched comfort, efficiency and reliability.

That’s why our team equips homeowners with only the best in Sudbury heating and cooling systems.

Our Heating Options:

  • Gas Furnace
  • Oil Furnace
  • Electric Furnace
  • Geothermal
  • Fireplaces

Browse our heating units.

Our Cooling Options

  • Ductless
  • Central Air
  • High Velocity

Browse our cooling units.

If you’re installing central heating and cooling, there are a few extra factors you’ll need to consider.

Beyond system selection, you’ll also need to plan the unit size, placement, and ductwork layout.

The ideal system size for your home varies according to:

  • The structure and size of your home.
  • Your lifestyle.
  • Your heating/cooling needs and preferences.

Ideal unit placement usually depends on electrical access and soundproofing.

Lastly, when deciding on the ductwork layout, you’ll need to consider how to:

  • Plan the most direct route.
  • Conserve the most energy.
  • Save the most space.
  • Reduce as much noise as possible.

Not sure where to begin?

Don’t worry - we’ll handle the majority of these decisions for you, so you can focus on the big picture. 

We may need to consult your construction and electrical team throughout this process. But we’ll do our best to make the process as straightforward and stress-free for you as possible.

Learn more about the New Home Construction HVAC process!


New Home Indoor Air Quality 

Another major factor to consider in your new home construction is indoor air quality.

Right now, your home is probably covered in sawdust and totally roofless. So this may seem like a topic you don’t really need to think about for a while. 

But think again!

It’s never too early to start looking into the air quality of your forever home.

After all, that’s the air you, your family and your friends will breathe in. It should be as clean and safe as possible.

With a new home built, you have a unique opportunity to prevent poor indoor air quality. Rather than battle it.

But to achieve that, you’ll need to consider:

  • Using building materials that are low-emitting.
  • Ensuring proper ventilation in the structure of your home.
  • Preventing moisture leaks in ceilings, windows, etc.
  • Installing indoor air quality products.

Our indoor air quality experts at Campeau Heating help you create a healthy home environment.

Our Indoor Air Quality Products:
  • Aldes HRV
  • Napoleon HRV
  • Napoleon UVC
  • Cinquartz Filtration

Browse our indoor air quality products.


New Home Backup Power System

Preparing your new home with all the latest HVAC systems is great. But what happens during a power outage?

Power outages are unpredictable and inconvenient. They happen at the worst times - leaving you without the essential systems in your home.

No heating. No fridge or freezer. No cooking appliances. No sump pump. No running water.

That’s why we always recommend installing a reliable backup generator!

At Campeau Heating, we supply only the best in backup power. That’s why we work with Kohler generators!

Kohler designs these generators for ultimate efficiency, durability and reliability.

Browse Our Kohler Generators. 

Not sure which size best fits your power needs? We can help!


New Home Outdoor Systems

If you live in Sudbury, Ontario, you know how stunning the landscape is. With all the gorgeous lakes, hills and rock faces, it’s incredible!

We love the outdoors. In fact, we can’t get enough of it!

That’s why we’ve helped homeowners extend their patio season with outdoor products!

Outdoor Fireplaces & Pits

Outdoor fireplaces are a gorgeous addition to your new home build. Not only are they 100% practical, but they also increase your home value and its aesthetic appeal!

Installing an outdoor fireplace can:

  • Expand your personal living space.
  • Give yourself more room to host friends and family.
  • Extend your seasonal enjoyment.

You can shop our selection of Heat and Glo and Napoleon online!

Browse Our Outdoor Rireplaces.

Napoleon Barbecues

Another way to enjoy the great outdoors is by extending your kitchen outside!

We recommend investing in patio furniture, a picnic table and a good quality barbecue! This creates a great outdoor atmosphere that you and your guests will love.

Our Napoleon Barbecue Selection:
  • Gas Grills
  • Charcoal Grills
  • Built-in Gas Grills
  • Portable Grills

Shop Our Napoleon Barbecues.


Complete Your New Home Construction Project With Campeau Heating

Congratulations on your new home build! 

Building your dream home is an exciting time for you and your family.

We are so excited to be a part of it!

To get started, call us at 705-560-2441 or contact us online.

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