The Nova Scotia Lung Association reports our province has the highest incidence of asthma in the country: just under 90,000 people live with this disease. Possible triggers include allergens or irritants such as smoke, pollen, mold, dust and pet dander.
Who’s to blame? Our location, in the path of prevailing winds carrying industrial pollutants from major population centres, doesn’t help. Some theories point the finger at our cool, damp climate that fosters the growth of molds and mildews, both of which are proven asthma triggers.
Bill Van Gorder, president and CEO of the Lung Association of Nova Scotia stresses practical steps can be taken by individuals and families to reduce the chances of asthma attacks.
“One of the single greatest factors in determining how well those with asthma manage their disease,” he notes, “is the air quality they are exposed to in their homes and workplaces.
“Keeping dust under control, eliminating tobacco use, reducing scents and keeping humidity at the right level can all have a tremendous positive impact,” he notes.
Dust bunnies, green mold and mildew (black mold) are more than annoying – they demonstrate poor indoor air quality. As do lingering odors and a stuffy smell.
Air contaminants in your workplace or home can cause dizziness, headaches and nausea, plus aggravate allergies, asthma and sensitivities. Small, invisible contaminants pose the greatest threat because they can be inhaled deeply into the lungs and move through the bloodstream.
Elimination is the best way to control contaminants adversely affecting our indoor air quality at home and work – to eliminate them right at the source.
How to make your home healthier? The first step is identifying the problem. Your Rhyno’s Service Team can test your air for pollutants, as well as temperature and humidity imbalances. After naming the problem, steps are taken to greatly reduce – or eliminate – the culprit.
Keep in mind that whole house solutions, easily installed into your current heating and cooling system, are usually more effective than a free-standing unit.
The Lennox PureAir air purification system is the only single indoor air quality system that can safely remove and destroy chemical vapors and odors. Its also captures small particles and microorganisms.
Contaminants can also be controlled through the process of illumination, with a germicidal lamp. Powered with maximum-intensity UVA light, these lamps help to dramatically reduce concentrations of microorganisms such as mildew, bacteria and mold spores.
Healthy Climate® Solutions: Innovative ways to clear the air.
Photocatalytic oxidation (PCO) based air purification uses patented ultraviolet-light technology and two types of filtration to remove and destroy all classes of contaminants, chemicals vapors and odors, living microscopic organisms and inhaled particles like dust, pet dander and pollen.
High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filtration removes up to 99.97% of particles. HEPA technology is so effective, it’s often been used in hospital operating rooms, laboratories and other environments where a clean air supply is essential.
No home is immune to indoor air quality (IAQ) problems. New homes tend to have higher concentrations of chemicals. Older homes can be breeding grounds for mold and mildew. And all homes, no matter how clean they appear, are contaminated with dirt and dust.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside the average home is up to five times more contaminated than the air outside.
Whatever problems you’re having with the air in your home or place of work, you’ll find the solution at Rhyno’s. They offer a fine selection of indoor air quality solutions by Lennox. From industry-leading air purification to high-efficiency filtration, a variety of innovative options for a healthier and more comfortable indoor air quality.