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Making New Year’s Resolutions Your Lungs Will Thank You For

Two weeks from today, we will be living in an entirely new decade! 2020, of course, marks the beginning of the 20s. How weird is that to say? There are certain individuals who were born in the 1920s who will soon be getting their second go-arounds with such a decade. It’s hard to believe, isn’t it?

With all that said, it’s clearly the time of year when people make their New Year’s resolutions. Have you written out your list yet? Whether you have or you haven’t, the DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. team suggests you add some resolutions to the list that your lungs will thank you for.

Quit smoking.

Right next to “lose weight”, this is arguably the most popular New Year’s resolution of all time. Unfortunately, for many, it’s one that can’t be stuck to. By now, it’s unnecessary to inundate you with the long list of health hazards caused by cigarette smoking. If you’re unaware that it’s a direct cause of lung cancer, you’ve been living under quite a huge rock. But did you know that when you eliminate cigarettes from your life, you not only breathe better, but you sleep better as well?

According to Health.com, “smokers are four times as likely to report feeling unrested after a night’s sleep, a Johns Hopkins study found; it seems going through nicotine withdrawal each night can contribute to sleep disturbances.”

Go outside more often.

The majority of us spend the majority of our days inside. You may think otherwise considering how busy you are and how often you leave the house. But your living space is where you spend most of your time – especially at night. With that said, injecting more fresh air into your daily living should be atop your New Year’s resolution list. As Frances Bridges of Forbes.com tells us, getting fresh air is one of the easiest and healthiest habits to incorporate into your routine.

This is true “whether you spend a day off outdoors or take a walk for 20 minutes when you have a break at work,” she writes, “Being outdoors gives you more healthy energy, reduces stress and depression, improves sleep and your overall health. Carve out time to be outside, to clear your mind and improve your mental and physical health.”

Use natural cleaning products.

Keeping a cleaner home is a great New Year’s resolution. But don’t be fooled by sweet-smelling products that only serve to worsen your home’s indoor air quality. They contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can cause eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness and the worsening of asthma symptoms. Going with cleaning products that have natural ingredients should become a part of your regular routine in 2020.

“With all-natural cleaners, you won’t have to worry about exposure to toxins,” reports Sweet Home Cleaning Service, “That means you, your family and your pets will no longer have to breathe in harsh chemicals lingering in the air or potentially come into contact with toxins that may remain on surfaces throughout your home.”

Get an inspection of your home’s indoor air quality.

Allow the DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. team to help you with your New Year’s resolutions! For information about our Air Quality Services, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email us at info@dftechnical.ca.

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Better Your Breathing With Air Purifying Holiday Gifts

With only two weeks left to go until Christmas, it’s likely you’ll be embarking on some last minute holiday shopping excursions in the days to come. Perhaps you need some help coming up with great holiday gift ideas.

Well, let’s see…how much do you love the people on your list? The way we see it, true love is declared by showing how much you care for a person’s health. Maybe today’s blog will provide you with the perfect ideas! At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we’d like to suggest some holiday gifts that work to purify the air.

Radon detector.

We’ve dedicated many a blog to radon and its dangers. This past July, our “What Is Radon And How Can It Impact Our Health?” blog made clear just how hazardous the colourless, odourless and tasteless gas can be. Emanating from the soil in the ground outside our homes, radon can seep into our homes through its cracks and collect in tight spaces. When concentrated, the gas can produce fatal consequences.

As a result, Steven John of BusinessInsider.com recommends getting a radon detector. “A good radon detector will give you both current and historical data on the gas levels found in your home,” he writes, “If it’s consistently high, consider hiring someone to help you seal off the bottom of your house and potentially install a ventilation system under your home too.”

Allergen remover.

Not all air purifiers are created equal. Some purport to eliminate pollutants from the air but only provide minimal benefits. Others provide none at all. It’s best to do your homework on the various air purifiers that are out there. But let us do some of the homework for you! On OneGreenPlanet.org, Kat Smith highly recommends the Honeywell True HEPA Allergen Remover.

“According to the product description, it captures up to 99.97 percent of the microscopic particles that pass through the filters as well as larger airborne particles such as dust, pollen, smoke from tobacco, cooking, and fireplaces, pet dander, and mould spores,” she explains, “It is installed with an activated carbon prefilter, which helps reduce unpleasant odours.”

Natural cleaning products.

Who doesn’t love a sweet smelling home? And who isn’t guilty of purchasing scent-laced cleaning products so that we can achieve those sweet smells after a good clean up? The problem with many cleaning products (especially the scented ones) is that they contain harmful volatile organic compounds, also known as VOCs. For that reason, cleaning products made from natural ingredients make very health-conscious holiday gifts.

“When shopping for household products you use on a regular basis like dishwasher detergent or dish soap, consider a brand like Lemi Shine, which makes cleaning products with natural citrus extracts instead of potentially dangerous chemicals,” suggests John, “Or Aunt Fannie’s cleaners; its glass cleaner, floor wash, and multi-purpose cleaning solution are all vinegar based.”

At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd, we may not sell the above mentioned products, but we are still committed to offering you and your family the gift of purified air inside your home this holiday season. For information about our Radon Services, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

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3 Reasons To Add Houseplants To Your Holiday Wish List

In just three weeks, Christmas will be here! We imagine that, these days, you’re hard at work, trying to locate all the gifts that are on the wish lists of your loved ones. Holiday shopping certainly isn’t easy. Depending on how many people you’re buying gifts for, your trips to the mall can take hours at a time. Not to mention, you likely have to wait in a lot of long line ups – that is, if you can find what it is you’re looking for!

To help your friends and family members with their holiday shopping, we’d suggest you add a little something special to your own wish list. Ask for a spider plant, a dragon tree, a gerbera daisy, an English Ivy, a Boston Fern, a philodendron, a snake plant or a peace lily.

What do all of these houseplants have in common? They offer a wide variety of health benefits!

Here are three reasons to add houseplants to your holiday wish list:

1. They produce lung-satisfying oxygen.

The overall objective of getting a new houseplant, as you may have guessed, is to help you to breathe better. Naturally, we all need oxygen in our lungs. With a houseplant, you’ll have access to a lot more of it. Plants are our partners in breathing. We breathe in oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. Plants do the opposite.

“Inhaling brings oxygen into the body, exhaling releases carbon dioxide,” affirms Melissa Breyer of Treehugger.com, “During photosynthesis, plants do the opposite, of sorts: They absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, making plants and people great partners when it comes to gasses. Plants help to increase oxygen levels, and our bodies appreciate that.”

2. They remove toxins from the air.

If you’re interested in improving your home’s indoor air quality – as we all should! – there are few things you can do better than adding some houseplants to your decor. Plants are known for their ability to remove toxins from the air. As BioAdvanced.com explains, NASA research has found that plants have the ability to eliminate up to 87 percent of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) every 24 hours.

“VOCs include substances like formaldehyde (present in rugs, vinyl, cigarette smoke and grocery bags), benzene and trichloroethylene (both found in man-made fibres, inks, solvents and paint),” details the website, “Modern climate-controlled, air-tight buildings trap VOCs inside. The NASA research discovered that plants purify that trapped air by pulling contaminants into soil, where root zone microorganisms convert VOCs into food for the plant.”

3. They help to ward off illnesses.

We’re all aware of the benefits of fresh air. Going outside for a brisk walk is an activity taken on by many a Canadian each and every day. That is, of course, when it’s not the wintertime. Frigid temperatures tend to keep us locked up indoors. By bringing houseplants inside your home, you allow the outdoors to come inside, offering you the same benefits of fresh air.

“According to Bayer Advanced, studies at the Agricultural University of Norway document that using plants in interior spaces decreases the incidence of dry skin, colds, sore throats and dry coughs,” reports Breyer, “And other research reveals that higher absolute humidity is conducive for decreased survival and transmission of the flu virus.”

At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd, we don’t sell houseplants, but we would still like to offer you and your family the gift of purified air inside your home this holiday season. For information about our Air Quality Services, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

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