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5 Ways To Improve Indoor Air Quality This Holiday Season

Portrait of happy business people chatting while celebrating Christmas in officeThe month of December is quite often one that is packed with a lot of celebratory events. With the holiday season here and a lot of holiday spirit going around, you’re bound to partake in a party or two over the next month. Perhaps, you may even be throwing one yourself. If so, you’re likely worried about food, drinks, decorations, music and catering to your entire list of invitees. There is, however, one other thing to keep in mind – your indoor air quality.

The quality of the air in your home or office usually doesn’t cross the mind of a party planner. But because winter already forces most of us to spend more time indoors, we are more susceptible to allergens that are often found indoors. As David Kottke reminds us on FoxService.com, ‘hidden dangers like dust mites, moulds, mildew, viruses and allergens increase the likelihood or irritate certain health conditions.”

You can only imagine then, that the more people who enter the doors of your home or office, the more pollutants are entering it. So, this year, when you throw your holiday party, you may want to consider implementing a few rules that will assist you in maintaining the best indoor air quality levels possible. These are rules that will be necessary for you to follow before, during and after your holiday party.

1. Make note of any allergic reactions in the home or office. What is the state of your home or office’s air quality right now? One of the ways to find out is to check on the health status of everyone who lives or works in it. “Irritated eyes, nose and throat are some of the first indicators of poor indoor air quality,” writes Kottke, “Dust or dirt around heating or air vents, on ceilings or stained walls should alert you that there is a problem.”

2. Minimize your candle use. Lighting candles – especially scented ones – is a pretty popular practice during the holidays. However, you’re not doing your air quality any favours when you light them up. According to Brad Kovar of SafeGuardEnviro.com, “the smoke and perfume scent in many candles can produce unsightly soot staining and increase airborne particulates and volatile organic compounds, which may affect sensitive individuals.”

3. Insist upon “no smoking” at your party. Chances are that some of your invitees are bound to need to light up cigarettes at some point during the night. Be sure to insist that all smoking be done outdoors. It should go without saying that cigarette smoke offers some of the worst possible effects on our respiratory systems. If you don’t want to sicken your party guests and leave your indoor air quality in a horrible state at party’s end, insist upon a “no smoking” policy.

4. Be mindful of decoration storage. Once the parties are done and the holidays have winded down, you’ll need to put away all of those great decorations for use next year. But did you know that how you store your decorations can impact your home or office’s indoor air quality? “Don’t use corrugated boxes stacked in the garage, attic or basement because they can collect dust which can aggravate asthmatic or allergic symptoms in some people,” warns Kovar.

5. Get an inspection of your property. DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. offers Air Quality Services that involve the thorough inspection of your property to target areas of concern. The air you breathe in your home or office can cause health issues that can easily be avoided. And you’ll certainly want to avoid them this holiday season. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.


  1. December 7, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Hi Dan,

    This article sure is informative and is very timely, not just because of the season, but because the weather now is very unpredictable, which makes it even harder to breathe at times. So when having house guests, or even not, you should always consider the effects of your house decors to the air you’re breathing. Yes you have a well-decorated house but you can live in it because you can’t breathe.

    Thanks for this Dan! Hope to hear more from you!

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