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A Clean Furnace System is at the Heart of a Healthy Home

When spring cleaning your home this year, why stop at the surface? A home’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system – the ‘heart and lungs’ of a house – is often left forgotten. Keeping the system clean and well-functioning is essential to ensuring the air in your home is healthy and safe.

Consider the following:

A dirty furnace is a breeding ground for bacteria. Furnaces are easy to neglect. Over time, dust and dirt can accumulate in your home’s ducts or air filters, and these dirty filters can become ‘ground zero’ for airborne germs.

Poor ventilation can lead to moisture and the growth of mold. When the air in your home is too humid, fungus and bacteria can start growing and releasing spores into the air. This can have health consequences for your family – sensitive family members may begin to experience headaches, itchy eyes and irritated skin.

A dirty HVAC system costs more money. If you use a ‘forced-air’ heating system, dirty filters will force the fan to work harder than it needs to. This can put strain on the system, leading to bigger energy bills and more wear and tear.

The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) maintains a list of qualified contractors who can inspect your home and recommend repairs, maintenance, or custom-built solutions to persistent problems. To find a qualified contractor who can keep your home’s air healthy and safe, visit www.hrai.ca/contractorlocator.php.

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Have a question or concern that is not addressed here? Contact HRAI directly.

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