Not that you needed us to point it out, but over our past few blogs, we’ve noted that, for all intents and purposes, summer is over. In the coming months, we will be experiencing colder temperatures. We all know it. It’s inevitable, here in Canada. And, with that said, there will be new measures that we’ll all need to take in order to ensure that we are enjoying the highest indoor air quality possible.
It’s not as easy to do in the fall and winter as it is in the summer. We can’t keep our windows open the way that the warm temperatures during the summer allowed us to. As a result, we can’t exactly allow for fresh air to circulate within our homes as often. So what can we do to improve indoor air quality during the colder months of the year? In today’s blog, we’ll provide a few answers to that question.
Here are four ways to improve indoor air quality during the fall:
1. Avoid using chemical-based cleaning products. By now, you’re likely aware of the negative effects that volatile organic compounds have on the air we breathe. With less of an ability to let fresh air into our homes, we’ll all be tempted to keep our homes fresh smelling using other sources. However, as Willem Maas points out on GreenHomeGuide.com, “the powerful chemicals in many conventional cleaning products can have a toxic effect on human skin and lungs.”
2. Inspect your air conditioner. The colder it gets, the more likely you are to turn up the heat when you’re inside. BernerAir.com reminds us that “fall is a great time of year to have your air conditioning/heating unit inspected by a professional. Leaves and other debris can get inside of the units and hamper their performance. A semi-annual inspection will ensure the unit is functioning properly and is ready to keep your warm throughout the colder winter months.”
3. Dispose of pollution-causing household products. Did you do any painting over the summer and still have some paint left over? Did you wash your car and clean its interior with any sprays or aerosols? These and other common tasks often leave behind products that can do more damage than good by simply being present in the home. Maas reminds us that it’s wise to get rid of these chemical-based products.
“Dispose of unused paint, solvents, pesticides, and other household chemicals promptly, and tightly close the containers of products still in use,” he insists, “These products can emit harmful gases that pollute the air and may cause health problems. Minimize the use of hazardous products as much as possible. For essential household chemicals, buy them in smaller sizes that you can use right away.”
4. Open the windows periodically. Yes, you read that right. Even though we began this blog by pointing out that colder weather often prohibits us from opening the windows, you still may want to take advantage of opportunities to let fresh air into your homes this fall. “If you are not sensitive to fall allergens, this is an excellent time of the year to air out your house,” says BernerAir.com.
In fact, the site goes on to point out that “before the temperatures drop below comfortable levels, fall is a season that allows you to give your heating and air equipment a much needed break. Open windows, and let clean, fresh air circulate through your house. This will help you rid your home of air that has grown stagnant and possibly contaminated with various pollutants.”
For more information, on how to improve your home’s indoor air quality this fall, call DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. at 1-855-668-3131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to ask us about our Air Quality Services.