Summer is on the way! And, for most of us, it’s the most exciting time of the year. Canadians know, all too well, that long winters can be a drag. So when the sun is out and the warmth is in the air, it only makes sense to enjoy it as much as possible. With warmer air comes the popular need to open the windows of our homes. Of course, this is a good idea because it allows the sometimes stale and stagnant air inside your home to circulate with the air outside.
Then again, there are pollutants that exist in the air outside. So how much “fresh air” is actually fresh? One thing is for sure. It’s important to take steps to improve our indoor air quality no matter what time of year it is. But, naturally, the summertime provides us with opportunities to “clear the air” a bit differently. With the official start of summer now under a month away, what are some of the things that we can do to improve our indoor air quality?
Here are three steps to improving indoor air quality this summer:
1. Keep the moisture under control. With the opening up of our windows comes the entering of warm air into our homes. Remember, though, that humid air brings moisture into the home as well. And that allows for the perfect conditions for mould growth. AdvantaClean.com points out that the four most common places for mould growth are basements, bathrooms/showers, attics and crawl spaces – so keep an eye on those.
“Moisture control is KEY. Keep areas clean and dry,” says the website, which insists that moisture control is the most important indoor air quality tip that can be provided. Therefore, it will be especially important to monitor the areas of your home that our most susceptible to mould growth during the most humid days of the year. Be mindful of condensation and work to keep surfaces as dry as you can.
2. Clean out your air conditioner filters. While you’re doing your best to limit moisture, you’ll also want to rid your home of any dust that has accumulated over the winter and spring months. Since you may be using an air conditioner to beat the heat this summer, be sure to check the filters before turning them on. On RodalesOrganicLife.com, Emily Main reminds us that they tend to “trap a lot of the junk that comes in from the outside – pollen, smoke, smog, and dirt.”
It’s especially important to rid your home of dust so as to not invite an infestation of dust mites. While these microscopic creatures are virtually impossible to avoid, limiting their presence can significantly improve indoor air quality. Dust mites are known to produce allergens that can negatively affect our breathing. Asthmatics will especially want to keep their homes as dust free as possible.
3. Hire professionals to assess your IAQ. “Mould, fungi, bacteria, and very small particles of dust accumulate in your home’s ductwork,” says AdvantaClean.com, “Removing these contaminants from the HVAC system and your air ducts should be considered as a key component to improve indoor air quality.” At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we couldn’t agree more!
We are quite confident that we are the professionals you need! We offer Air Quality Services that involve inspection processes to locate all areas of concern in your home. With the summer coming up, the chances to let more fresh air into your home will be many. But it’s still important to ensure that your indoor air quality is at its best. For more information about our Air Quality Services, call 1-855-668-3131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.