Improve Indoor Air Quality With These 5 Indoor Plants

Indoor plants help brighten up your home, and they can also clean the air!

As the winter approaches, we will opt to stay inside our warm climate-controlled homes rather than face the frost. That’s why Afterglow knows it’s important for KW residents to prime their home’s air quality.

On average, indoor air is five times more polluted than the air outside.

Fortunately, there are solutions available to improve the air in your home. Beside replacing your furnace filter on a monthly basis, we recommend purchasing some indoor plants. That’s right, plants.

Here are five houseplants that seriously clean your home’s air.

Aloe VeraAloe Vera: This plant’s oil is commonly used for sunburns, but it can also improve your indoor air quality. How? Studies have found that it helps keep your home free from benzene, which is commonly found in paint and chemical cleaners. The best part of the aloe plant is that when harmful chemicals become excessive, it will start to show brown spots. Warning you and your family! What a swell pal.


English Ivy: Have a pet? You need an English Ivy plant.

It can reduce the amount of airborne fecal matter. It also absorbs formaldehyde, a chemical commonly found in some household products, furniture, or carpeting treatments.


Spider Plant: Fun fact, within just two days of having a spider plant in your home, it can remove up to 90% of airborne toxins. How? The spider plant’s leaves grow fast and absorb harmful substances like mold and other allergens.

Cool, right?


Peace Lily: This plant reduces levels of mold spores that grow in the home by absorbing them through its leaves.

Put your peace lily in the bathroom, as it will keep shower tiles and curtains free from mildew.


Boston Fern: Not only are Boston ferns beautiful, they have an abundance of health benefits as well. Its biggest being  its ability to act as a humidifier and help restore moisture in the air, which is perfect in the cooler months when air tends to become stale and dry.

If you want functional decorations this winter, look no further than these great houseplants.

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Afterglow’s All-Inclusive Heating Guide: How to Buy a Furnace, Water Heater and Boiler

Who what whereThe who, what, when, where, why and how of purchasing a new heating system.

Are you contemplating replacing your furnace, boiler or water heater before Waterloo Region’s unfriendly winter returns? If you have been faced with sky-high energy bills or the unreliability of an old system, the time to replace is definitely now.

But we understand that the decision is not an easy one. Homeowners are struggling to spend less, use less and pollute less without giving up the warmth and comfort that they cherish. That’s where we come in!

If you have ever called Afterglow about your furnace, boiler or water heater, you know you can get the straight facts from us. For the past 24 years we have dedicated ourselves to providing our customers with an unprecedented level of home comfort, and that dedication continues today!

We have created three helpful guides to help you buy a new furnace, boiler or water heater.

How to Buy a Furnace

Looking for a top residential furnace? Download our Furnace Buying Guide from the Afterglow experts to help you make the best possible purchasing decision.

The guide includes:
– How to buy a new furnace,
– What to consider when purchasing a new furnace,
– The misconceptions surrounding furnaces and much more.

Furnace Buying Guide

How to Buy a Water Heater

Download our Water Heater Buying Guide and feel confident when replacing your system.

The guide includes:
– The five main types of water heaters,
– Which water heater you should buy and more.

Water Heater Buying Guide

How to Buy a Boiler

Buying a boiler system is probably one of the more complicated purchases one could make for their home. That’s why we have put together this informative Boiler Buying Guide!

The guide includes:
– Tips on buying a boiler,
– What to look for in a new boiler,
– How much safer a new boiler is and much more.

Boiler Buying Guide

In a nutshell, if new HVAC equipment is going to save you money, make your home safer and improve your comfort, then consider upgrading.

What’s next? Call Afterglow to get more help on your decision about your heating system.


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Get to know your water heater

If you want to know about water heaters, give us a call!

Afterglow’s trade secrets have been passed down from generation to generation. Seriously! My dad, George, has been working in this business for a quarter of a century.  Now both my brother and I are following in his footsteps at Afterglow. What I love about my dad is he is a fixer. He is always looking for the best value for our customers and he taught all of us at Afterglow to think the same way.

So…back to the water heaters: If you’re looking for endless hot water or to save on energy or space, Afterglow can help find the best water heater solution for you.

There are a few things we look for when finding the right water heater for your needs:

·      High Efficiency

·      Electric or gas

·      Tank or tankless

·      Capacity

Did you know a tankless water heater could reduce gas consumption for heating domestic hot water by 35% a year? That’s money in your pocket!

But maybe you don’t need to replace your tank at all. 

Keeping your water heater clean is important. Approximately 20% of home energy costs are related to heating hot water. Keeping your water heater clean and well maintained will help improve your energy efficiency and keep your energy bill from skyrocketing.

Get to know your water heater. Things to look out for are: a decrease in hot water flow, excessively hot water, or a rumbling or popping noise from your heater. These are good clues that your water heater needs to be inspected. It might just be a de-liming you need. Give us a call at Afterglow and we can help.

If you want to learn more about how your water heater works, check out this video.

We would be happy to teach you some Water Heater 101. It is an important piece of your homes infrastructure you should get acquainted with.  Whether you have a gas, electric or oil water heater, we can help.

We love talking about water heaters.

Give us a call: 519-747-7732.


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