Working from Home During COVID-19?
Here’s How to Have a Safer, More Comfortable Environment Improve the Quality of the Air You Breathe While Working at Home
It’s an understatement to say that COVID-19 has resulted in changes for many Canadians. One big change is where people are working. Across many different industries, employees in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) are working from home for the foreseeable future in an effort to curtail the spread of COVID-19 through physical distancing measures.
Working from home can be challenging, especially with little to no preparation. Home offices needed to be created, and people had to get used to things like not seeing colleagues or customers face-to-face, relying on virtual communication tools like Zoom, Skype and Teams to connect with people and a much shorter commute (i.e. walking down the hall to your office). It has been quite the learning curve!
How Well is Your Air Conditioner Performing?
As we’re well into spring and warmer weather is coming in the not-so-distant future, this is a very good time to consider having your cooling system (air conditioner) serviced.
An air conditioner that is regularly maintained by an HVAC professional will reduce heat and humidity in your home, is likely to reduce your energy bills, can help you sleep/work in a more comfortable environment and be much more environmentally responsible. We’re also able to offer this service by respecting physical distancing because we can perform all of the work required outside of your home.
The worst case scenario is not a reality you want to face; can you imagine working from home on a hot day if your air conditioner stops working?
How Safe is the Air I’m Breathing at Home?
There are definite pros and cons to working from home. One con could possibly be the quality of the air you’re breathing. Areas with little to no ventilation can trap dust. If left untreated, dust can manifest into other issues, such as bacteria, dust mites and viruses, which can result in allergic reactions and other health complications. Another scary thought is that dangerous gases can be released into the air in your home by using wood/gas stoves, fireplaces, and gas space heaters.
An air filtration system can significantly improve the quality of the air in your home by removing dust, gases and other potentially harmful pollutants. Here are some more benefits related to using an air filtration system at home:
● They can remove pollutants proven to cause asthma attacks (dry skin cells, dust, carbon monoxide, household cleaners, air-freshening sprays, smoke, paint products, mold spores, cosmetics, perfume and hairspray)
● They eliminate common allergens, such as pet odour, tobacco smoke, dust and pollen
● They remove asbestos particles (this can result in mesothelioma, a form of cancer that affects the lungs) and radon gas (this can also cause cancer)
● They increase air circulation throughout your home
These benefits are great reasons to consider purchasing an air filtration system to improve the quality of the air that you and your family are breathing. If you have any questions about which air filtration system would be the best fit for your home, please call one of our HVAC experts at 416-78-9760. We’re always here to share our knowledge and expertise!