May is only a day away! And, for most of us, that means that we have summer on our minds. It’s not uncommon to find a Canadian that is happy that winter is over. With warmer temperatures expected in the weeks ahead, the average winter-hater is rejoicing at the fact that they will have the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors more often. Even those who enjoy being inside are likely looking forward to opening up those windows to let in some fresh air.
But here is the interesting thing about the warmer months of the year. They can actually contribute to poorer indoor air quality. Seems strange, doesn’t it? After all, isn’t it a good idea to circulate the air in our homes with the air from outside? According to CasselHomeComfort.com, “spring and summer are the worst times of year for your indoor air quality because of the added pollen and other allergens.”
The site goes on to suggest that “indoor air quality may be the single most important health factor in our lives.” So it’s important to take steps in order to improve our indoor air quality on a regular basis. When you think about it, it’s the perfect time of year to do just that! If you haven’t gotten to doing your spring cleaning just yet, now is as good a time as any to recommit to the purity of your home’s air. Today’s first of a two-part blog is sure to help!
Here are two spring cleaning tips that will improve the air in your home:
1. Be sure to look for leaks. It’s great to scrub and clean every inch of your home in order to leave it as sparkling and spotless as possible. But it’s important to check for any signs that added moisture could be sneaking its way into your home. As Yvonne Braj of MoldBlogger.com points out, areas of high moisture can lead to the development of mould – a known pollutant in the indoor air quality world.
“While cleaning and decluttering, keep an eye out for signs of water leaks and moisture intrusion,” Braj advises, “Look out for staining, wet spots or visible water drips so that any issues are caught and dealt with immediately. Don’t give mould the opportunity to develop! Clean spills up quickly and don’t let water drips go unresolved for any length of time.” The less moisture in your home, the better you’ll be at improving its air quality.
2. Vacuum and dust efficiently. This tip should be one that goes without saying. But it’s a reminder that the more dust in your home, the more dust mites have the ability to shed their body parts and feces in places that can impact your breathing. This tip is also a reminder that a traditional running of your vacuum over the most walked-on areas of your carpet is not enough. It’s all about getting in the nooks and crannies of your home.
“Clean all of your overhead light fixtures and ceiling fans,” instructs CasselHomeComfort.com, “While you are cleaning, remember to get behind furniture, under beds, and other hard to reach places where dust and dirt accumulate. While you are at it, make sure that none of your furniture or drapes are blocking any HVAC air vents. It is important to keep all your vents open for proper airflow and ventilation.”
While taking these two tips will go a long way in improving the indoor air quality of your home, they are only the tip of the iceberg. Be sure to check back for tomorrow’s blog as we unveil a few more excellent spring cleaning tips to help you breathe better this summer. And don’t forget to contact DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. to learn more about how our Air Quality Services can improve the quality of your life!
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