Heating the garage, she shed or kennel

Tube HeaterMaybe you have been thinking about heating your garage, she shed or dog kennel.  Unit heaters and tube heaters are a great affordable solution. 

For those who use the garage for its intended reason getting into a warm, snow free vehicle every day is a joy in our Canadian winters. The added benefit outside of the garage is the car will warm up faster and allow you to drive away frost free. Not having to stand outside in the cold scrapping and clearing snow and running the vehicle wasting gas are a real bonus.

So, which to choose from?  Every application has its challenges and with any gas appliance venting of the combustion gases are the most important. A site review is always needed to ensure either appliance can be vented correctly.  Both units can be sized pretty much equally for the space, both run about the same efficiency and both can be propane or natural gas.

A tube heater shown above, is relatively quiet and works on a radiant convection system, whereas the unit heat shown below works on force air convection and is a little noisier. Both have their benefits, if you are using the garage for things other than storage, let’s say a wood shop or painting then a tube heater would be preferable as it will not blow particles around. If the garage is used a storage and vehicles, then a unit heater can be more practical.Lennox Unit Heater

Tube heaters due to the fact they are radiant heat operate at a much higher temperature and reflect the heat by a series of reflective panels. This means that clearance from the tube is important, rubbers, painted surfaces and anything combustible must be kept a minimum of 4 ft away at all times.  This rule applies less to a unit heater due to it being forced air convection heat the temperature coming out of the unit is drastically cooler.

As you can see these are a few of the factors that will go into deciding which unit fit the application and why a site visit is the only way to full determine the wants and needs.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to give us a call.

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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