With only a week and a half left to go until Christmas Day, Canadians are smack dab in the middle of a nationwide shopping frenzy. Searching for gifts for loved ones can be a tiring task, especially when you’re not sure of what to buy. Naturally, people seek gifts they believe their family members and friends will like. But, arguably, the best gifts are those that their family members and friends need.
Is there any greater necessity than something that promotes good health? It’s hard to be happy when you’re not healthy. And a focus on improving the indoor air quality of a home is an excellent start to promoting a healthier lifestyle. This holiday season, why not consider buying gifts that improve indoor air quality? You may just end up making your greatest holiday purchases yet!
Here are five ideas:
1. Pet grooming tools. Pet owners generally love grooming their pets. Buy the pet owner in your life some tools that will enable them to do so. It will help to reduce pet dander as well as the dirt that pets track into their homes. Pets that are known to shed are especially bad for a home’s indoor air quality. In fact, according to Jessica Ross on CanadianLiving.com, pet owners should “brush pets outdoors often, wash their bedding and vacuum (their homes) regularly to control hair.”
2. Doormats. One of the best ways to eliminate outdoor contaminants from entering your home is to have them dusted off your footwear before you enter through its doors. “Look at entranceway design including landscaping materials used near entranceways to ensure dirt and plant materials aren’t being tracked into the building, and make sure there is an effective track-off mat system for cleaning shoes,” recommends Kim Arnott on Lowes.ca.
3. Washable drapes. Dust is a major household allergen. The more of it that collects in your home, the worse your indoor air quality will be. The blinds that cover your windows are well known for being dust collectors. By removing them and replacing them with washable drapes, you’ll be doing your home a big favour. “Replace blinds with washable drapes and you’ll have a window covering that’s friendlier to those with dust allergies,” says Ross.
4. Houseplants. Not only do they look beautiful, but they help to beautify the air you breathe. “Plants absorb some of the particulates from the air at the same time that they take in carbon dioxide, which is then processed into oxygen through photosynthesis,” explains Maria Janowiak on Greatist.com, “But that’s not all – microorganisms associated with the plants are present in the potting soil, and these microbes are also responsible for much of the cleaning effect.”
5. HEPA filter vacuums. Simply put, the cleaner your home, the better the air quality will be. Therefore, regular dusting and vacuuming is a must. However, not all vacuums are created equal. As Ross reminds us, it’s important to “use a vacuum equipped with a HEPA filter to pick up fine particles that could irritate asthma and other respiratory ailments.” Consider this gift for the allergy sufferer in your family.
On behalf of everyone at DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we would like to wish you your happiest holiday season yet! It’s our strong belief that the healthier you are, the happier you will be. Please don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more about how our Air Quality Services, among the many other services we offer, help to improve indoor air quality. Give us a call at 1-855-668-3131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.