Ventilation

Polar Air Systems is your trusted contractor licensed to assemble and design simple systems to complex retrofits; you can count on us to get the job done right the first time.  Looking at building a home or converting from electric baseboards to forced air, we can help you with all your needs.

Several issues contribute to attain desirable high levels of energy efficiency that are now possible in new and existing homes. Today's improved insulated homes are built as air tight as possible to maximize energy savings which can prevent air infiltration throughout your home. The down side to this efficiency is that your home can potentially trap moisture and pollutants, leading to poor indoor home air quality ventilation and structural damage. Indoor air is typically far more polluted than outdoor air.

While insulating your home may have the benefits of an air tight home, it also has negative effects of decreased air leaks in homes which have become now a health issue. Proper ventilation has become a residential design issue due to problems that arise from excess indoor moisture and other indoor air pollutants. In the past, ventilation of homes was achieved naturally, as air leaked in and out of cracks in the home around windows and doors. In the absence of natural ventilation, mechanical ventilation is necessary for removing moisture and other pollutants as well as bringing fresh air into a home. Mechanical Ventilation is a basic ventilation system consists of exhaust fans, which are ducted to the outdoors, in mostly kitchens, bathrooms and for clothes dryers. An issue that arises in airtight homes is the provision of make-up air for these systems. As exhaust fans pull air out of a house, that air must be replaced.

The solution is to use Heat & Energy Recovery Ventilators (HRV's and ERV's). They bring in fresh air from outside to dilute pollutants and replace the stale air inside your home. ERV's have the added benefit of a moisture transfer which helps maintain minimum moisture levels in the winter and prevents excessive humidity infiltration in summer.

Clean Air Filtration

Keeping your home's environment hypo-allergenic is extremely important. To achieve this, Polar Air Systems recommends installing one of many possible air quality improvement components. Whole Home HEPA and media-based cleaning systems can reduce the presence of dust, bacteria, viruses, smoke, cooking grease, and other unwanted air borne particles in your home.

As well as removing these unwanted particles from your airways, they help prevent the contamination of your homes ventilation ducts. Clean ducts and coils can allow your heating and cooling system to operate more efficiently and lower your utility bills.

How a Whole Home HEPA air cleaner system works:

  • Hepa Air cleaners helps remove 99.97% of all airborne viruses and bacteria particles from the air passing through it such as pollen, pet dander, household dust, tobacco smoke, and mould spores
  • Reduces up to 100% of bacteria and germs
  • Lifetime Hepa Permanent Filter is vacuum-able or washable and never needs replacement
  • Smaller particles that manage to pass through the pre-filter are captured in a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter
  • Super clean air is channelled back into your air duct system then recirculated throughout your home
Humidification

Humidifiers are of great use during winter in cold climates where home heating systems are in constant use. Dry air in your home cause a variety of costly, troublesome and sometimes dangerous problems if they are not equipped with humidifiers. A whole-home humidifier can add the necessary moisture to indoor air passing through the filtering element and maintain level humidity within your home. Your family will benefit from a healthy home air environment and since you feel more comfortable at lower temperatures, you can turn down your thermostat for energy savings.

Other problems that can be caused by incorrect humidity levels include

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  • Low humidity can cause Mold and dust mites which thrives in high humidity environments
  • Low humidity can cause Dry your mucous membranes, leading to nosebleeds and sinus infections
  • Low humidity can make people more susceptible to infection, aggravate the symptoms of asthma, and allow viruses to flourish
  • Low humidity can cause home damage. It causes walls, woodwork, and your beautiful hardwood floors to crack. Electronics can fall victim to static electric charges, requiring expensive repair or replacement
  • Low humidity can cause higher energy costs. Dry air can make you feel too cold at normal temperatures leading you to turn up the thermostat. This leads to higher energy bills

Polar Air Systems carries a wide range of ventilation systems for your home. Contact us today to find out how to improve your indoor environment during those dry winter months.

Call us today at 416-785-4500 for a free in-home estimate.