Real-time air pollution

Real-time air pollution & CO2 monitor lets you take the first step to breathing clean, healthy air.

W recently came across this great product that not only allows you to understand how your home air quality is effected by activity but also allows you to be part of the larger global action on air quality. With a AirVisual Node installed in your home you can locate the areas of concern that are effecting your indoor air quality. What a great idea!

Indoor air quality is a growing concern globally and locally, finally you now have a way to know exactly where, when and what are the causes to your indoor air quality.  You can also use it to monitor your indoor air quality equipments performance so you will better maintain the equipment and maintain that high quality of air you breath.

We have ordered ours and look forward to showing you how it works and being Niagara’s First?


Dust, Dust Mites Indoor Air Quality IAQ

A brief insight to Dust, Dust Mites and Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a term which refers to the air quality within and around buildings and structures, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of building occupants.

While there is little we can do about the exterior environmental conditions and the impact they make on our day to day lives there is plenty we can do to improve the indoor air quality of our homes and commercial spaces.

There are many different types of allergies a very short list:
Skin allergies, Dust allergies (Dust, Dust Mites), Pet allergies, Insect allergies and Mold allergies are some of the most common.

The above allergies can often be relieved or eliminated with good indoor air quality management.

Ventilation: the provision of fresh air to a room, building, etc

Filtration: the action or process of filtering something. (Dust, Dust Mites)
“small particles are difficult to remove without filtration”

Humidity: a quantity representing the amount of water vapor in the atmosphere.

Remediation: the action of remedying something, in particular of reversing or stopping environmental damage.

The most common question we receive is “My home is so dusty can you eliminate our dust?”

There really isn’t a simple answer here, but to say yes and no. We can eliminate the dust and dust mites that are harmful to your lungs and health that stay airborne, over time and with the right filtration system, but that visual dust which is so heavy probably not without removing the source. lennox pureaire filtration system

Dust and dust allergies make it difficult to breathe and may trigger asthma symptoms, such as wheezing, coughing, tightness in the chest and shortness of breath. People with dust allergies often suffer the most inside their own homes or in other people’s homes. Their symptoms often worsen during or immediately after vacuuming, sweeping and dusting. The process of cleaning can stir up dust particles, making them easier to inhale.

To manage a dust allergy, it’s best to avoid the things most likely to cause an allergic reaction. Here are some simple steps to reduce exposure to indoor dust:

• Install wood flooring rather than wall-to-wall carpets when possible, especially in bedrooms.
• Clean your house regularly, using a central vacuum or a vacuum with a HEPA filter. If you are allergic, wear an N95 filter mask while dusting, sweeping or vacuuming. (It can take more than two hours for the dust to settle after a thorough cleaning—so, if possible, clean when the allergic patient is away, and avoid cleaning the bedroom of an allergic person at night.)
• Use “mite-proof” cases on your mattresses and pillows. Wash all bed linens regularly, using hot water.
• Keep a HEPA air cleaner running in the allergic person’s bedroom.
• Keep pets out of the allergic person’s bedroom at all times.
• Install a high-efficiency media filter with a high MERV rating of 11 to 16 in the furnace and the air conditioning unit. Leave the fan on to create a “whole house” air filter system that removes particulates. Change the filter at least every three months (with the change of the seasons) to keep the air clean year-round. Have your heating and air conditioning units inspected and serviced regularly.

We offer FREE in home evaluations, particle counts and HEPA demonstration.
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Have you considered upgrading to variable capacity & Speed?

Variable Capacity

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Dave Lennox Signature SLP98V
Variable-Capacity Gas Furnace
The quietest and most efficient furnace you can buy*!
Efficiency Rating (AFUE): up to 98.7

Outside temperatures rarely, if ever, require your HVAC system to operate at 100% capacity.  Variable capacity units determine optimal cooling and heating needs and vary capacity in increments between 40% and 100%.  Not only does this tailor comfort, but by running at lower capacity and speeds you will  be consuming less power, you’ll save a significant amount off monthly utility expenses.

Variable Speed

Variable-speed technology allows more energy saving potential and improved comfort levels throughout the home.  The ability of the system to automatically adjust speeds according to the needs of the home ensures the right amount of comfort control, right when you need it.

OPA Grant Eligible

The Lennox Signature and Elite lines of furnace qualify for the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) grants. A Lennox furnace will not only keep you comfortable while saving energy in both cooling and heating but also qualifies for the OPA grant off $250.00.

Do I need to replace my air conditioner or need air conditioning to qualify for the grant?

No, you neither have to replace your existing air conditioning system or install a new air conditioning system in order to qualify for the grants.

Will the new furnace effect how my current air conditioner works?

Replacing your existing furnace with a new variable speed energy saving furnace will enhance you existing system. Many of our customers have found significant improvement of their existing air conditioning system with the improved air flow, the ability to reduce speed on start and dehumidify better.

This is what we like to see after our systems are set up. One of our systems in action dehumidifying.

Call us today 289-397-0717 for a free in home consultation.

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OPA, reinventing the wheel


After almost three months of waiting for the Ontario Power Authority OPA rebate system to come online we received an email this past weekend. Fantastic you think!, sadly not. Despite the fact this program has been running now in excess of 5 years on a system that has been almost bug free conception and end user friendly, we now have a new system for data to be entered.

How bad can it be?

Password resets on the new website don’t generate emails to reset passwords.

Usernames are not the same from the old system (You have to be clever to figure this one out)

The system will not auto-save an entry or allow for saving an entry to be finished on a later date/time (Step back from the old system)

So where do we go from here?

Well stay tuned. We have sent further emails to the respective representative in control but I’m sure ours will be one of many that come across the desk at HRAI.

Currently we can not enter any submission but we hope this week will be the last of the waiting.

What we had was system that worked and at the very most needed some tweaks, the overhaul of the website for submissions should have been a mere formality with little delay or need to reinvent the wheel. I’m sure there has been much talk around the office at HRAI and OPA about how they have improved the system and the cost to do so justified.

There are less professional and smaller operations that wouldn’t put out a system so poorly operable. Is this Windows 8 comparison , no but a few beta testers prior to launch and these issues as simple as they are non existent.

Its a little Monday rant!

Another successful Hamilton Home Show

Hamilton Home and Garden Show

The Greater Hamilton Spring Home Show took place this past March 4-6, it was another great success. Thank you to all our clients and to be clients that attended and stop by our booth. We enjoy these shows as they allow us to answer new and present customers questions and demonstrate our new product lines in home comfort.

With each show we learn a little something more about ourselves  as well as what our clients are looking for in a Home Comfort company.

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