The Air Quality In Your Home

Do your know how good the air quality in your home is? You might notice that it’s a bit musty or damp in the basement, or that other areas cause you to sneeze a lot, but overall you’re fine with it. The real test to see how the air quality in your home is, is to ask someone who doesn’t live in your home. The reason is that you’re accustomed to it and over time you get use to the smell and poor air quality.

Air Conditioner Pro can help. We know there are a number of ways to improve the quality of the air in your home, starting with changing out your furnace filter and cleaning your duct system. These two things alone give your furnace and air conditioner the best chance to improve your home’s indoor air quality. If your home is too humid then you might want to use a dehumidifier. This is a great way to combat dampness in certain areas of your home, and at the same time remove lots of dust.

We’ve been helping people in Toronto improve the air in their homes for over 30 years now. Contact us today for a free estimate, more information or to schedule an appointment: 647-547-4049

Most people are already aware that installing a household air purifier to really help clean up the air in their homes can help to avoid allergies and minimize people’s exposure to hazardous chemicals that can cause or worsen upper respiratory illnesses. Furthermore, the advantages of clean, healthy air reach well beyond only keeping our lungs healthy and reducing allergic reactions.

Clean air, believe it or not, plays a major role in preserving overall good health on a daily basis. Here are a few little-known benefits of breathing clean, pure air in your house for both you and your family.

Ionizer air purifiers can help to clean your room’s air, reduce allergy symptoms, restore freshness, and eliminate odours. In general, how does ionizer air purification work?

Ionizers are also known as ionizing air purifiers, air ionizers, ion generators, negative or negatively charged ion generators, and ionic air purifiers. just for the sake of simplicity, we will refer to all of these ionizing air purifiers as ionizers.

Ionizers use high voltage to create an electrical charge (typically negative) to particles or molecules in the air passing through the ionizer’s electrodes. These charged molecules are known as ions, and these ions will then adhere to pollutant particle molecules. Electrically charged airborne particles are attracted to oppositely charged particles or surfaces. The particles clump together as a result, making bigger, heavier particles that drop out of the air.

To enhance your indoor air quality, you must address two forms of pollutants: solid particle pollutants and gaseous pollutants. Ionizers are devices that purify the air by removing particle pollution. Ionizers can deal with dust, pet allergens, mould spores, dust mites, and other floating air pollutants.

Lower Risk of Heart Disease

Few people know that the heart and the circulatory system may be affected by airborne pollutants when thinking about how air quality affects people’s health. Several studies, however, have found a clear relationship between long-term exposure to particle air pollution and heart disease. Keeping your indoor air clean won’t remove this danger because outdoor air is out of your control, but having clean and fresh air at home can significantly decrease your exposure to fine particulate pollutants.

Clean Air Might Offer Anti-Aging Benefits

As technology and clinical research have increased the average human life expectancy, several people have started to investigate natural anti-aging therapies that can help them keep a youthful appearance as they age. Toxins in the air are one of the various chemical contributors in human ageing, particularly skin ageing. Skin will be more likely to maintain hydration and elasticity over time with cleaner air, preventing wrinkles. Reduced pollution exposure can also improve the harmful effects of chemical-related facial skin issues.

For people who live in dry climates, a humidifier can help in maintaining their skin moist and bright by bringing purified air to the optimal moisture levels.

Better Home Workouts

Those who regularly workout at home should ensure that their indoor air quality is at its best. Clean air has long been associated with improved athletic performance. While all types of fitness enthusiasts can benefit from cleaner indoor air, those who run, cycle, or otherwise do cardio training on their home sports equipment would benefit the most.

The body requires more oxygen during this form of exercise than usual; therefore, the body takes in more air to provide oxygen to muscle tissues. This increased air intake can significantly increase your exposure to pollutants found in low-quality air.

Lower Risk of Diabetes

Few people would consider the possibility that poor air quality might cause diabetes and heart disease. However, research has indicated that both gaseous and particle air pollution can significantly increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Of course, there are several other additional risk factors for diabetes, such as genetic predisposition, smoking, and unhealthy diet. However, keeping your home’s air clean and free of contaminants can help to reduce your overall risk for this disease.

Improved Cognitive Health

The brain, like every other organ of the human body, needs oxygen to function properly. When the air we breathe is polluted or contaminated, it might have harmful effects on our brains. Recent studies have found that long-term exposure to particle air pollutants contributes significantly to cognitive impairment. Furthermore, studies on mice have shown that similar exposure can lead to depression, which is already one of the most prevalent mental health issues.

You can help to protect the integrity of your brain and prevent some of the cognitive problems linked with common types of air pollution by always keeping your home air clean.

Increased Happiness

This is probably the most amazing of the several health advantages of clean air. A recent Canadian study found a link between air pollution and lower levels of overall happiness and positive emotional state in 14 European countries. Even though the precise method by which these two data sets are connected is unclear, the research found a very strong relationship between cleaner air and higher overall happiness.

The study also discovered that happiness statistics were an accurate indicator of air quality, suggesting a relationship between the two. Increased happiness can also help to relieve stress, indirectly improving overall health.

Clean Air Will Help You Sleep Better

We’ve all heard that getting enough sleep is essential for good mental and physical health. What few people realize is that poor air quality can have an impact on our sleep quality. According to studies, people who live in extremely polluted regions are up to 60% more likely to have difficulty with sleeping. Luckily, a good bedroom air purifier can help you in dealing with this issue.

Temperatures in Toronto are finally beginning to level out and it looks like Spring is here to stay. Before you know it the heat of summer will be bearing down on us and you may wonder “why isn’t my air conditioner working?” Hopefully, most of us don’t wait until a heatwave hits to ask this question, but if you do there are a few simple reasons that might make it true.

With proper maintenance and care your air conditioner should effectively run well throughout the summer, but not every air conditioner issue is completely avoidable. One of the most common questions we get every spring when people turn their air conditioners on for the first time is Why isn’t my air conditioner working? Here are a few reasons why it might not be working the way it should be.

Check Your Thermostat

First of all the batteries in your thermostat need to be changed at least once a year. There will typically always be enough juice in them to ensure the digital display is on, but your thermostat also needs to have enough power to send an activation signal to your furnace and air conditioner. If the batteries are dying they might not have enough power to get that signal to your air conditioning unit.

If your air conditioner still isn’t turning on then check the temperature settings to ensure that they haven’t been changed. Other family members might have adjusted the temperature to suit their preferences, and as a result, it might be warmer than you’re accustomed to.

Damage To Ductwork

If you have a central air conditioner then your duct system is an essential part of it. Cracked, bent or ductwork with holes in it might be letting air escape into the walls of your home or other exposed areas in your basement. This can drastically reduce the amount of air that’s actually making it to your vents and out into your home.

It’s also a good idea to inspect your vents for blockages. If you had recent construction activities in your home and materials have fallen into vents or you have smaller family members who are prone to putting things down the vents then you might have a blockage that’s limiting airflow.

Free Your Condenser

The condenser is the large part of your air conditioning system that resides outside of your home. If this unit gets blocked by plants, trees, bushes, garbage, chairs, leaves or any other debris its efficiency can be affected. A dirty or blocked condenser won’t be able to receive enough air to release heat from its coils. When a condenser is obstructed it can shut down or turn on and off repeatedly, which is known as short-cycling. Keeping your condenser clean and clear of debris is not only important to keep it running but essential to its efficiency.

So, Why Isn’t My Air Conditioner Working?

There are numerous reasons for air conditioner problems, some more technical than others. If you try these solutions and still don’t have any luck give Air Conditioner Pro a call and one of our technicians will be able to assist you. Keep your family cool this summer, contact Air Conditioner Pro today: 647-547-4049.

Like most HVAC technicians we recommend changing your furnace and air conditioner air filter every month or two. By name alone we all understand that this is important in order to keep the air in our homes clean, but that’s only part of the reason why you should change it often. Changing your air conditioner air filter is also especially important to avoid damage to your air conditioner.

Essentially, your air conditioner air filter is there to prevent damage, but if you’ve put the wrong one you can do more harm than good, and here’s how.

How Your Air Conditioner Air Filter Protects Your System

Primarily your air filter does in fact filter the air, which leads to cleaner air in your home. There are fewer allergens and dust and the air is generally fresher. The intention of an air filter is to avoid having anything large sucked into the blower, which can lead to damage that is expensive to repair. Without an air conditioner air filter, your blower can build up with dust and other large debris and ultimately breakdown.

The competing factor with ensuring cleanliness of air and keeping dirt and debris out is air flow. Allowing air to move through your system is important for efficiency and reducing wear and tear on your system. If your air filter is too dirty it reduces air flow, which means your blower has to work harder to move air around your home. This creates unnecessary stress on your blower, reduces the air quality, and makes your system work harder, which in turn uses more energy and costs you money.

Upgrading Your Air Filter

Dirty air filters that are the wrong size and rating for your furnace can do just as much damage as a dirty one. the extra fibers that rap particles and allergens in your super expensive air filter might do just that, but they also drastically impede air flow. These fibers are incredibly tightly woven, which means your air will be a little cleaner, but your unit will work much harder to move air.

The MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) of your air filter is a good indicator of how well it filters. Most air conditioners come with a filter of about 1-4 MERV, but may be able to hold a filter of up to MERV 8. However, if the filter is too strong, you put your air conditioner at risk.

For more information about your air conditioner air filter contact an HVAC technician at Air Conditioner Pro Toronto today: 647-547-4049.

If you’ve got Asthma or another respiratory disease then you understand how humidity can affect your breathing. Ductless air conditioners are a great way to rid your home of humidity, which can be referred to as dehumidification. Dehumidification occurs when the humidity is removed from the air being cooled and circulated throughout your home.

Main Benefits Of Dehumidification

  • Improve Your Home’s Smell / Indoor Air Quality – If the air in your home isn’t as refreshing as you want it to be then it could be the result of dampness. Dehumidification can remove the dampness from your home and in turn get rid of and mould or mildew smells that might also be lingering. Dehumidification helps reduce odours that can accompany mould and mildew in your home, thus getting rid of that “musty” smell that you might refer to, especially in your basement.
  • Protect Clothes & Fabrics – If mould or humidity is allowed to build up in your home the chances of mould growth on clothing and furniture can drastically increase. Especially if it’s stored in tight spaces. This mould can also develop on bed linens, towels curtains and other fabrics. Dehumidification is an excellent way to alleviate this problem.
  • Protected Property – Dehumidification can help to protect your property by way of fighting rust and corrosion. If  you notice that your electronics, tools or appliances are developing rust or corrosion, it might be the result of too much moisture in the area. Dehumidify these areas quickly with your ductless air conditioner.
  • Freshen Up Your Home – When your home is less humid everything is affected. Your clothes will dry faster, your cereal will be freshen, your bread will last longer and won’t go stale as quickly. There are a number of places where dehumidification can help.
  • Quicker Cleaning Times – Dehumidification helps to reduce dust in your home. Less dust means you won’t have to clean as often.

Rid Your Home Of Humidity

When you consider your next ductless air conditioner or heat pump, be sure that it will help dehumidify your home. Summer time in Toronto and the GTA can be humid, and protecting your property is as simple as the flick of a switch. It’s also just that easy to help with respiratory diseases and other health concerns related to humidity.

For more information about ductless air conditioners or heat pumps contact a Air Conditioner Pro ductless or heat pump technician today: 647-547-4049

Are you a senior citizen or do you live with seniors? If you answer is yes then it’s time to start thinking about the effects of the muggy heat of summer on breathing easily. Central air installation is one of the best and healthiest ways to combat the muggy heat that comes along with summers in Toronto and the rest of the GTA. Many seniors have health problems that involve the lungs, heart and other components of the respiratory system, which can all be affected by the indoor air quality of their homes and living spaces.

For home without air conditioning central air installation is an affordable and easy way to improve and maintain high-quality indoor air quality through the summer and warmer months of the year. Air conditioners regulate the temperature of a room or home and also remove the moisture from the air that can make it difficult to breathe, especially when warm or hot. Extreme heat is also dangerous for seniors as it can lead to dehydration, heat stroke, laboured breathing and a number of other dangerous symptoms that can all lead to 911 call.

Fight Summer Heat With Central Air Installation

Air conditioners are one of the best defences against health related issues during the hot months of summer, particularly for vulnerable individuals. If you don’t currently have an air conditioner then consider central air installation. It easily integrates with your home’s existing ductwork and provides cool regulated air to all the rooms with vents. Central air installation is fast and affordable and there is little maintenance for central air conditioners.

If you don’t need central air installation services, but have an existing central air conditioner then it’s important to ensure its working well and properly maintained. Air Conditioner Pro has been providing central air installation and central air maintenance services in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years. We have the knowledge and experience to ensure your air conditioning system is ready when summer heat waves hit, and if there happens to be a breakdown we’re there fast and ready to get the cold air pumping again.

For more information about central air installation or maintenance contact Air Conditioner Pro at 647-547-4049 or

Spring in Toronto and the GTA is finally here and it looks like the weather will finally stay to reflect it, at least in the short-term. With spring comes the feeling of renewal, sunlight that last later into the evening, and also the urge to thoroughly clean your home. You’ve been stuck inside all winter long, so now it’s finally time to open the windows and think about your indoor air quality.

Indoor Air Quality: Toronto & Canada

It’s shocking to hear that Canadians spend almost 90% of their time inside, either at home, work or other environments. As a result we’re not overly exposed to the fresh outdoor air that our governments have fought so hard to achieve over the years. Even in Toronto, Canada’s largest city, smog days have all but disappeared and air quality is at an all-time high. Regardless of the improving air quality around us we still spend the majority of out time inside, which is why it’s important to consider what our indoor air quality is like, especially at home where we sleep.

There are a number of different things that can affect the indoor air quality of your home. They can typically be broken down into:

  • Biological Pollutants: These are living organisms that have the ability to pollute the air in your home. They include things like mould, bacteria, and dust mites.
  • Chemical Pollutants: These are gasses and other airborne particles that come from appliances throughout your home that rely on combustion, tobacco products, personal care products, building materials, and other household cleaners.

These pollutants are evident in every home, but the concentration of them is what really matters. Homes that are air tight and don’t have great ventilation are at the highest risk of poor indoor air quality.

Luckily there are numerous ways to combat poor indoor air quality and ensure the air you and your family are breathing is healthy. So while you’re taking care of all the spring cleaning you typically do, like ridding your closet of old clothes, trashing old shoes, and cleaning in places you don’t normally clean, it’s important that you don’t overlook cleaning the air in your home too.

Cleaning The Air In Your Home

Cleaning the air doesn’t mean that you need to spray odour-killing chemicals or Febreeze all over your house, this will actually make it worse! Here are a few tried a true ways to clean the air in your home without ruining your summer vacation budget.

  • Change Your Furnace Filter: To some people this is something they do regularly to ensure the efficiency of their furnace and air conditioner, but to some they might not even know that their furnace had a filter. This filter is an important part of your home’s HVAC system and essentially filters all the air in circulation throughout your home. Allowing it to get too dirty can result in poor air quality as it fails to filter any particles, but also reduces the efficiency of your furnace and air conditioner as they now have to work harder to warm and cool your home.
  • Vacuuming & Dusting: Few people enjoy this type of cleaning and it often get’s put off until later, whenever that is. Properly vacuuming and dusting your home right after changing your furnace filter is a great way to blitz the particles that are floating in the air. If you don’t feel like cleaning there are affordable cleaning services in Toronto that can save you lots of cleaning time.
  • No Smoking: One of the worst pollutants to invade your home is tobacco smoke. Simply stepping outside for your next smoke can eliminate a whole litany of chemicals from the air in your home.
  • Fuel-Burning Appliances: Depending on the types of appliances you have your furnace, water heater, and stove might all burn natural gas to work properly. Having these appliances inspected on an annual basis and properly maintained is essential to ensure they aren’t negatively impacting the air quality in your home. Regular maintenance appointments are very affordable and also ensure the efficiency of your appliances, so you’ll save money on your energy bills too.
  • Proper Ventilation: Make sure that places like basements and bathrooms that have higher amounts of moisture are properly ventilated. This helps reduce the risk of mould growth, which can easily become airborne and cause respiratory problems.
  • Garage Etiquette: If you have a garage that’s attached to your home don’t idle your car or other gas-powered equipment inside, even with the door open. Carbon monoxide and other gasses can build up and remain in the air in your garage, which easily transfers to your home when the connecting door is opened.
  • Painting: Even though many newer types of paint don’t produce fumes it’s still a good idea to paint with the windows open. Also, once you’re finished painting it’s important not to store paints, varnishes, and other solvents inside your home.

Many ways to improve the air quality in your home might seem like common sense, but it isn’t something that people think about all the time. Slight changes to your daily routine or cleaning and home maintenance habits can ensure that you and you family have clean and refreshing air to breath when you’re not outside enjoying the warm summer sun.

For more information about indoor air quality or to book a maintenance appointment for your furnace, air conditioner or another HVAC appliance contact Air Conditioner Pro today: 647-547-4049