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Relaxed young woman at home with raised armsIt should come as no surprise to you that DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. are big proponents for the purification of the air you breathe in your homes. The various services that we offer seek to improve your indoor air quality as much as possible. Readers of our blog know, however, that there are many steps that we can all take to maintain the purest of air in our homes. After all, many inhibitors to clean breathing air are caused by what we do each day.

Take cigarette smoking, for example. Arguably, there is nothing worse that you can do for the quality of your air. Not only does smoking invite toxins into your own body, but the secondhand smoke that you put out into the air includes numerous hazards to the health of anyone who comes into contact with it. The obvious solution would be to quit smoking or, at least, ensure that it is done outside of the home. But what else can be done to improve your home?

Here are three ways to improve the indoor air quality of your home:

1. Properly ventilating your home. It’s important to not allow the air in your home to become old and musty. Opening the windows is a great step to ensuring that there is a flow of fresh air entering your living environment. Keep in mind that allergens can’t always be vacuumed away. When they become airborne, it’s important to give them an escape route. Do your best to avoid poor ventilation in your home.

“A common problem, especially in newer homes is that they are tightly sealed to conserve energy,” reports FreeDrinkingWater.com, “This causes a lack of airflow so fresh air cannot make its way inside. Without proper ventilation indoor air cannot circulate and becomes stale and stagnant. This means all of the contaminants floating around indoors have no way to escape. This causes allergic reactions, discomfort, and other health concerns.”

2. Looking for “green labels” when buying new carpet or furniture. One of the biggest contributors to poor indoor air quality is the presence of VOCs. Volatile organic compounds are found in many carpets and types of furniture. You’ll be able to tell if you can smell them. That “brand new” scent is actually the presence of VOCs, which can produce symptoms of respiratory irritation, nausea and headaches.

Brandon Terry confirms this on the Disability Blog. “Any new furnishing will increase the VOCs in your home, but new carpet can be one of the biggest offenders,” he reveals, “Many factors go into the number of VOCs a carpet produces… so the Carpet and Rug Institute simplified everything by creating a certification process for carpets that emit a low amount of VOCs. Carpets that pass the testing are awarded a ‘green label.’”

3. Decreasing humidity in the home. Readers of our blog are also well aware of how much moisture impacts indoor air quality. Naturally, the more humid an environment is, the more moisture that will be present in it. With moisture comes the breeding ground for dust mites, mould, mildew and other viruses and bacteria. When these microscopic pollutants become airborne, they can cause serious health effects.

FreeDrinkingWater.com explains in further detail. “These tiny contaminants are released into the air and then into your lungs,” the website explains, “High humidity can also promote household materials to release chemicals such as formaldehyde into the air as a pungent vapour. Formaldehyde is a colourless, strong smelling gas and is a strong irritant that affects the eyes, nose, throat, and skin.”

For more information about the services provided by DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. that promote better indoor air quality, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

One Comment

  1. August 13, 2015 at 9:39 am

    This site was… how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I’ve found something which helped me.
    Thanks a lot!

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