Protect the environment and choose a lifetime filter!
5 Star furnace sourced out a lifetime filter for consumers to buy that not only is one of the best filters on the market but more importantly you buy it once. Stop buying paper filters every three months that are literally piling high at our local landfills. When you buy a lifetime filter you use it over and over again which protects the environment. The best part is it protects your pocket book while significantly improving your indoor air quality. Click here for more details.
Protect the environment and choose a lifetime filter!
Stop using chemicals and biocides to disinfect your ventilation system. News Flash, Benefect is the world’s first & Only Botanical (natural) Disinfectant in North America. You can breathe easy knowing that the disinfecting 5 Star Furnace & Duct Cleaning uses is the best, the best for your health, family, home and the environment. Click here for more details.
Indoor Air Pollution Control
A picture says a thousand words and surely you wouldn`t catch yourself wearing gas masks at the dinner table, how silly right? The facts are you could have high Mould or Radon Levels in your house which can cause serious health issues and in the worst case scenario and god forbid, a fatality. Below are some facts and air quality solutions that 5 Star Furnace can offer you to improve the air in your home or business.
What is Radon and how can it affect you?
Radon is a colourless, odourless radioactive gas found naturally in the environment. It comes from uranium as it breaks down in soil and rocks. Since radon is a gas, it can easily move through the soil and enter the air we breathe. When radon enters homes and buildings, it can reach levels that may pose a risk to health. Long-term exposure to high levels of radon in the home may increase the risk of developing lung cancer.
In Manitoba, like other areas of Canada and the rest of the world, the natural radioactivity of the soil varies from region to region. Radon levels may also vary within one region.
Historically, Manitoba has had higher radon values in buildings than national averages. Health Canada has estimated that about 7 per cent of Canadians and about 19 per cent of Manitobans are living in homes above the radon guideline of 200 Bq/m3 (Source: Cross-Canada Survey of Radon Concentrations in Homes: Final Report.March 2012).
Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, according to EPA estimates. Overall, Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Radon is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year. About 2,900 of these deaths occur among people who have never smoked.
How to test for Radon and if present what is the solution?
Protection…Testing Is Your First Line of Defense!
To find out if Radon gas is a problem in your home or office, you must conduct a radon test! 5 Star Furnace uses the best Gas Test Kit(s) available. They are the most accurate and reliable Radon test kit for checking the level of radon gas in your home or office. The Gas Test Kit provides two short-term detectors which allow a side-by-side test in order to get the most accurate and reliable results. Mail the detectors and the filled out data card in the enclosed pre-stamped mailer and you will get your results within 48 hours.
There are ways to reduce the level of radon utilizing a trained professional. Costs should run between $500-$2,500 depending on the seriousness of your problem. 5 Star Furnace will present you with the best solutions available in the industry to reduce your Radon Levels. We are here to help you live clean and breathe easy!
What is mold and how can it affect you?
Moulds (spelt mold in the United States) may adversely affect human health through three processes: 1) allergy; 2) infection; and 3) toxicity. One can estimate that about 10% of the population has allergic antibodies to fungal antigens. Only half of these, or 5%, would be expected to show clinical illness.
In addition, many of these moulds make “mycotoxins”. Mycotoxins are metabolites or by-products from the moulds that have been identified as being toxic to humans. These toxins can slowly wear down the immune system and can lead to allergic or respiratory problems.
In general, the most commonly reported symptoms include:
- runny nose or nasal congestion
- eye irritation
- cough or congestion
- aggravation of asthma
- headaches, and
- difficulty concentrating.
Moulds can also exacerbate (make worse) the symptoms of allergies including wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath as well as nasal congestion and eye irritation. People who are immuno-suppressed, or recovering from surgery are usually more susceptible to health problems from moulds.
How to test for mould and what is the solution?
5 Star Furnace uses a Mold Test Kit utilizing a patented laboratory analytical method for accuracy and reliability.
To help detect the possibility of mold, do you notice any of the following?
- Discoloration or black mold on baseboards, wallboards, or wallpaper.
- Cracks in shower tile, lack of caulking, loose toilet seal, leaks under sink
- Carpet and padding in direct contact with concrete slab
- Poorly maintained or dirty air conditioning/heating vents and filters
- Damp basement or crawl space
- Water penetration (water marks on walls, mold spots on walls)
- Musty/ moldy odor
If you answered YES to any of the above questions, then you could be EXPOSED TO TOXIC BLACK MOLD!
Protection…Testing Is Your First Line Of Defense
To find out if mold is a problem in your home or office, you must conduct a mold test! .
Visual sampling may also be conducted. Optional lab analysis is available to indicate the type of mold present.
- Method 1: (visual sampling) simply involves taking a sample of a visual mold growth.
- Method 2: (HVAC air sampling) we take an air sample of the air-conditioning or heating system.
- Method 3: (settling plate) we take an air sample of a location which does not have an HVAC system.
After the 48 hour incubation period, the sample is sent to accredited lab for a detailed analysis of the type of mold present. This information will be useful to determine an individual’s allergy treatment and the cleaning or removal of the mould.
5 Star Furnace will present you with the best solutions available in the industry to remove your mould. We are here to help you live clean and breathe easy!