We all think that the air outside is much polluted containing so many harmful impurities and on the other hand we are very safe inside our houses. Well friends it’s a myth that the indoor air is very safe and healthy for us. Mostly the IAQ (indoor air quality) is taken for granted and not taken care of.
As said by Mike Tringale, the Vice President of External Affairs at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, “A growing body of scientific evidence shows that the air inside our homes can contain more allergens and pollutants than the air outside. The month of May is celebrated as asthma and allergy day for the obvious reason of extreme weather.
Let’s get some details of the Lethbridge home indoor air quality. The indoor air can be divided into four main parts- particles, smoke, chemical, biological. All four parts are some or the other way responsible for allergies but particles and biological part come out to be the main reasons for various allergies.
The most common allergens in the particle type are pollen, dust and dander. These are very small particles that can’t be seen by our naked eyes. They may be invisible and appear just an inconvenience for most of us but dangerous for those who have allergy from particles. It gives way to allergies, asthma and some serious health problems and affects our respiratory system adversely. It can be only prevented by keeping your house dust free by cleaning and vacuuming on a regular basis.
Other important reason for allergies is biological group of the indoor air quality. The biological group consists of mold and fungi spores, germs, and bacteria. The mold and bacteria may cause various allergies and at the same time some respiratory problems. The molds are very common allergen in humid and damp areas. For example-a student of junior school was doing great in academics and was a scholarship holder.
Suddenly after few days his asthma problem increased and his performance started deteriorating. No one could understand the reason but once he changed the school he was back to normal. His parents asked principal to make a check of the class room. While doing that it was found that there was mold in the crevices in the benches which caused the entire problem. To remove it, good air purifiers especially those with UV effect should be used in the houses. The UV rays destroy the DNA and kill the mold.
The smoke from chimneys or from cigarette consists of many harmful chemicals. These chemicals act as allergens and are very harmful if inhaled specifically for those who are allergic to it. Allergies from a particular chemical may be very injurious to health. Therefore inhalation of smoke in any form should be avoided because sometimes we ourselves don’t know what chemical are we allergic to till we face the consequences. To remove it we should use air purifiers with heap and activated carbon filters.
As a conclusion we know that to avoid all kinds of allergies proper air purifiers and filters should be placed in our Lethbridge homes as prevention is better than cure.
Lethbridge tankless water heaters are also known as instant water heaters. These units make sense for homeowners for several reasons. In vacation homes they can be very desirable. Here are some of the main reasons why tankless water heaters make sense as opposed to the traditional water heater.
1. Tankless water heaters conserve energy. Traditional water heaters have a tank that is constantly filled with water. The traditional water heater provides hot water in your home by constantly heating the water in the tank to maintain it at a set temperature. Tankless water heaters work differently. Tankless units heat water by activating a set of coils that become hot when the unit is turned on. As the water passes over the coils, it is heated. The temperature set on the control determines how hot the water will be when it comes out of the tap and, thus, how hot the coils become and how quickly the water moves across the coils. Tankless water heaters conserve energy by only heating the amount of water needed at a given moment and by heating the water only when it is needed.
2. Tankless water heaters are perfect for vacation and second homes. When you are not staying in a second home or a vacation home, it is always wise to turn off any appliances and utilities not in use. This saves money and protects your property. Use of tankless water heaters in these second homes eliminates the risk of a leaking water heater tank, eliminates the cost of leaving the water heater running when the house is not in use, and eliminates the long wait when you do use the house while the gallons and gallons of water in the tank reach the desired temperature.
3. Tankless water heaters are a perfect idea when water must travel from one end of the house (where the hot water heater is located) to the other end of the house (a second or third bathroom). If you are serious about conserving water, consider the amount of water used when you run water waiting for the hot water to reach the tap you are using. If there is only a short distance between the water heater and the tap, you might not waste a lot of water. But if the water must travel to the other end of the house, you could waste a large amount of water and you might find that the water cools somewhat as it passes through the pipes. A tankless water heater provides instant hot water at the desired temperature.
If you are a Lethbridge homeowner interested in conserving water, conserving energy, or protecting your investment in a second home or a vacation home, you might want to consider installing tankless water heaters.
Part of remodel planning for any room in your Lethbridge home that has pipes and faucets is to determine whether you have clogged pipes that need to be cleaned or replaced. Pipes can collect mineral build-up or rust over time. In some cases, this corrosion or mineral build-up can reduce the interior size of the pipe by half, restricting water flow. If this is the case, you probably should replace these pipes as part of your remodeling project. It will cost less to do all of the needed work on a room at once. It also makes a world of sense to fix the pipes before you install new plumbing fixtures, cabinets and flooring.
So how do you know if you have clogged pipes? The best way to make a preliminary decision is to evaluate the flow of water through your pipes and out the faucets. It is not unusual for homeowners to confuse water pressure and water flow. The water pressure should be consistent in all parts of your house. Water pressure should also be the same in your home as in other homes around you. Water pressure should also be the same at all times of the day and night. It is the flow of water through the pipes that is affected by corrosion or mineral build-up inside the pipes.
Check the flow of water – the amount of water coming out of the faucets – in several parts of the house. This should be the same, for example, in all faucets in the house. If you find that the flow of water from a specific faucet is less than other faucets, you need to do some further investigation. If you have noticed that the flow of water through faucets in your neighbors’ homes is much greater than yours, you should do further investigation.
Without adequate water flow – no matter what the water pressure – whirlpool tubs, spa showers, and even toilets will not work properly. It is important then to check the pipes before your install new plumbing fixtures.
If you will replace pipes, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Plastic pipe is usually easier to work with than metal pipe
- PVC pipe can only be used for cold water. Be sure the PVC pipe you choose is approved for drinking water, if appropriate
- ABS pipe can be connected to several kinds of metal pipe, but is used mainly in bathrooms for waste removal and drains.
- PEX can carry both hot and cold water, and is a good choice for interiors
- CPVC is mainly used for hot water; it is a good substitute for copper pipe.
- Galvanized steel was used for water supply lines, but it is susceptible to corrosion and mineral deposits. This might be what you are replacing
Clogged pipes cause reduced flow of water into and through faucets, shower heads, etc. Replacing old, clogged pipes will increase water flow in general. It will also improve the working of dishwashers, washing machines, spa showers, whirlpool tubs, and more. The most cost efficient time to replace clogged pipes is during a remodel.