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What Steps Can Be Taken To Prevent Lung Cancer?

Lung cancer has taken the lives of far too many people. In fact, Lung Cancer Canada reports that, in 2015, approximately 26,600 Canadians were diagnosed with lung cancer with an estimated 20,900 likely to die from it. Lung cancer is the most common cancer among Canadians and more people die from it than breast cancer, colorectal cancer and prostate cancer combined. It couldn’t be a more obvious statement to say that lung cancer should be avoided at all costs.

Nevertheless, there are still many Canadians who continue to smoke cigarettes. The death-inducing activity is the single most preventable cause of cancer and is responsible for about 30 percent of all cancer-related deaths. Needless to say, cigarette smoking should be abolished from your life. Even if you’ve never smoked a cigarette before, it is imperative you avoid secondhand smoke at all times.

There are numerous other ways to avoid getting lung cancer. There are a number of simple steps we can all take, in addition to eliminating cigarette smoke from our lives. Will you take them?

Stick to a regular exercise routine.

You’d be hard pressed to locate any health-based literature that doesn’t recommend exercise. In addition to the many health benefits you may already be aware of – weight loss being the most popular – regular exercise is a known deterrent to lung cancer.

According to lung cancer physician, Dr. Lynne Eldridge on VeryWellHealth.com, “even moderate amounts of exercise can aid in lung cancer prevention. Studies suggest that even something as simple as gardening twice a week is associated with a lower risk of developing lung cancer.”

Have a steady intake of fruits and veggies.

Also on every standard list of nutritional tips is the consumption of plant-based foods. Whether you like them or not, fruits and vegetables are good for you. It’s that simple. But don’t assume you have to stick to greens only. Dr. Eldridge highly recommends choosing from a “rainbow of colours” by suggesting “dark greens such as spinach and broccoli, the whites of onions, the reds of apples and tomatoes, and the orange of orange juice.”

“A diet rich in fruits in vegetables is linked with a lower risk of developing lung cancer,” she informs us, “Recently, studies suggest that variety may be even more important than quantity. Make lung cancer prevention fun by trying out new foods in the produce section…On a reverse note, inorganic phosphates found in processed meats and cheeses are associated with an increased risk of lung cancer.”

Choose your booze wisely.

It’s the summertime. And where there are summertime celebrations, there are libations. You may assume that since drinking doesn’t have anything to do with your respiratory system, the consumption of alcohol won’t impact your risk of getting lung cancer. Think again. However, take some solace in knowing that some alcoholic beverages are better for your health than others.

Dr. Eldridge tells us that “for men, the heavy consumption of beer and hard liquor is associated with an elevated risk of developing lung cancer. In contrast, a moderate intake of wine in men was linked with a lower risk of developing the disease.”

The team at DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. would love to help you in your quest to avoid lung cancer. For information about how our Air Quality Services can help you to vastly improve your home’s indoor air quality, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

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How To Perform An Effective Summer Cleaning Session

We’ve all heard of spring cleaning. It’s the time of year when winter transitions into spring and we all feel the need to clear ourselves of the muck that winter tends to bring into our homes. Furthermore, we all enjoy the idea of cracking open those windows for fresh air – a practice we tend to ignore during the coldest months of the season. The idea of being “fresh” helps to inspire our spring cleaning routines.

Who says we can’t summer clean? With the advent of this wonderful new season, we’re all presented with the perfect opportunity to give our homes another freshening up. Spring cleaning and summer cleaning are similar in that they’re both actions that work to eliminate dirt and clutter. However, there are some differences. Let’s review a few important ways to ensure you’re performing an effective summer cleaning routine.

Deodorize your trash with baking soda.

During the summer, it may not be enough to simply take out the trash. This is especially true if you’re the type of person to house your filled garbage bags in the garage or in the backyard until it’s time for pick up. By using baking soda as a deodorizer, you will spare your family the horrid smells that the combination of extreme heat and garbage create!

“Sprinkling baking soda at the bottom of a trashcan will keep odours at bay–especially helpful if you have cans in a hot garage or porch,” informs Saudia Davis of HuffPost, “Using trash bags? Wad up old newspaper and put in the bottom of the bag–this will not only help absorb odour, but will keep the bag from leaking due to discarded liquid products.”

Don’t forget the outside stuff.

What happens to our patio furniture, swing sets, barbeques, porches and other outdoor elements of our home during the winter? They get buried in snow, battered with other precipitation and wind and essentially become havens for dirt and grime until the summertime arrives. Clean them before using them!

“Scrub the deck and driveway,” advises Debra Ronca on HowStuffWorks.com, “Clean the grill and make sure you have enough propane or charcoal for impromptu barbeques. Wipe down your patio furniture regularly to keep pollen at a minimum. Disinfect and hose out your garbage cans. If you have kids, hose down their outdoor play sets — inspecting and adjusting them for safety, too.”

Clean your blinds with an old pair of socks.

Davis offers this very interesting piece of summer cleaning advice. We admit, upon first glance, it inspired somewhat of a double take. However, it’s a great idea! All too often, we use dusters to remove the dust from our blinds. However, all this does is move the dust around. It’s important to completely eliminate dust by using a damp cloth. We suppose an old pair of socks works just as well! Davis highlights why this is an important summertime routine.

“With more hours of sunlight, you may be noticing the dust that has accumulated on your blinds,” she writes, “Grab a pair of old socks to help you clean your blinds. Mix equal parts of water and vinegar in a bowl, put a sock over one hand, dip it into the mixture and run it over the blinds. Use the other sock to wipe away the dampness.”

At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we’re committed to helping you enjoy a cleaner home this summer. For information about our Air Quality Services, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

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3 Simple Steps To Breathing Easier In Your Home This Summer

We’re just two days away from the official start of summer! It’s an exciting time, isn’t it? Warm and sunny days mean that people all over Canada will be venturing outside more often. And what happens when people venture outside more often? They track dirt into their homes more often!

So what to do about all of that tracked-in dirt this summer? It’s important to take steps to ensuring that your home is kept clean in order to improve its indoor air quality. The health benefits are many. So even if you plan on going outside to get more fresh air this summer, it will remain important to take some simple steps to breathe easier in your home as well.

Here are three:

1. Steam clean your floors.

Believe us – simple sweeping won’t cut it. For truly clean floors, you can’t just rely on brooms or Swiffer mops. Vacuuming will remove a lot of particles from your floor, however, you won’t necessarily eliminate the bacteria left behind. Steam cleaning ensures that the extreme heat used to mop the floor kills all that bacteria.

As Hamilton, Ontario’s Clean Air Solutions informs us, “mops pick up dust and pollutants that vacuuming and dusting might miss or leave behind. Make sure to use a non-toxic soap in your mop water. Steam cleaners are also available for hard floors. They are a great alternative to mopping, as they use hotter temperatures, which can also help kill bacteria and allergens without needing any soaps or cleaners.”

2. Set up houseplants throughout the home.

Sometimes, it’s a good thing to bring the outdoors inside. This is especially true when you’re talking about plants. Houseplants are known for their air purifying ways. To ensure that your home and all of its inhabitants get extra doses of oxygen throughout the summer, invest in some toxin-destroying plants such as English Ivy and aloe vera.

“The benefits of houseplants cannot be overstated,” insists Stewart Unsdorfer Northeast Ohio’s Central Heating & Air Conditioning, “Houseplants clean the air. Houseplants actually breathe. They take in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen. People and animals take in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide. By bringing plants into your home, you’re creating a symbiotic relationship, filtering the air, creating fresh oxygen, and beautifying your home.”

3. Don’t clean with harsh chemicals.

We get it. They smell nice. But those scents are indications that you’ve used chemical-laden cleaning products to freshen up your home. The problem, Clean Air Solutions reminds us, is that many cleaning products contain harsh solvents or emit toxic odours.

“Opt to make your own natural cleaners, or buy 100% natural cleaners,” they recommend, “Many modern scented candles and other air fresheners release toxins into the air and can be especially harmful to pets. Avoid using air fresheners, or opt for 100% natural fresheners like essential oils and soy or beeswax based candles.”

The DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. team is committed to helping you enjoy top-of-the-line indoor air quality this summer! For information about our Air Quality Services, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

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The Importance Of Eliminating Secondhand Smoke From Your Life

Smoking is nasty. We apologize if this offends anyone who still smokes cigarettes, but we feel it’s important to be honest. Especially when that honesty may have a role in protecting people’s health, it’s something we’re willing to share. Smoking isn’t just nasty because it smells bad, stains your teeth and ages a person well beyond his/her years – although that should all be enough to get a smoker to quit – it’s literally nasty because it’s a killer.

You certainly don’t have to be reminded of how harmful cigarette smoke is to your health.

By today’s standards, that’s old news. But here’s a quick refresher: cigarette smoking is a known cause of lung cancer (among other cancers) and kills nearly 40,000 Canadians a year. Not to rehash our potentially offensive approach to this topic, but smoking cigarettes – when you really think about it – is pretty crazy.

“Smoking is the No. 1 preventable cause of death in Canada and kills more than 37,000 Canadians each year – six times more than vehicle collisions, suicides, murders and AIDS combined,” reports Medisys.ca, “Many people who smoke say they smoke to relieve stress, or smoke more when they are experiencing stress.”

What about the stress endured by the non-smoker?

By that, we mean to highlight the many negative implications of inhaling secondhand smoke. Yes, cigarettes are so lethal, you don’t even have to smoke them to suffer the consequences of their existence. Non-smokers who are around smokers during their partaking in their nasty habits are just as susceptible to a variety of cancers as the smokers themselves.

“There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke,” informs Cancer.net, “Even brief moments around secondhand smoke can harm a person’s health. And the risk of health problems is greater with more exposure.” The website goes on to explain that research suggests “that secondhand smoke exposure may increase the risk of other cancers by at least 30%. These include cervical cancer, kidney cancer, nasopharyngeal cancer, rectal cancer, and brain tumors.”

How can you eliminate secondhand smoke from your life?

Perhaps contrary to the opening paragraph of this week’s blog, it’s best to take the polite approach. After all, cigarette smokers are not bad people. They’re simply people with bad addictions. You’re well within your rights to inform them that you do not want cigarette smoke in your home or anywhere around your person. Just be nice about it!

Laura Nathan-Garner of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center offers no less than nine polite ways to say “don’t smoke around me”. With the help of her friends and Facebook followers, she provides some great examples. The following is from Janet P.

“People don’t like being told what to do so I don’t tell them they cannot smoke around me. If they light up, I simply say ‘I don’t like to be around cigarette smoke. I’ll wait for you over here.’ Then I move myself away. They are less likely to take offense and usually will accommodate my decision by either not smoking or by moving away themselves.”

A smoke-free home will greatly improve its indoor air quality.

At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we’d like to help you with that! For information about our Air Quality Services, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

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Avoiding Asthma And Allergy Symptom Triggers While At Home

To all asthmatics and allergy sufferers, we hope that you’ve been experiencing a symptom-free spring so far. For many of you, a complete avoidance of any allergy symptoms during the spring is unlikely. And with summer coming up in a little over a month, pollen, dust, ragweed and the like aren’t bound to let up.

As a result, it’s important that you take measures to protect your lungs from the usual suspects. And, believe it or not, this goes double when you’re in the house. You may assume that avoiding nature is a great way to prevent your allergies from acting up, but it’s important to remember that your home is filled with allergens as well.

What can asthmatics and allergy sufferers do to avoid symptom triggers while at home?

Eliminate the presence of cigarette smoke at all costs.

If you have asthma or suffer from allergies, you likely stay clear from cigarettes. However, you’re also likely to have friends or family members who smoke. Put them on high alert that under no circumstances is cigarette smoking permitted in your home. Make no mistake about it. Cigarettes are killers. We all know they’re cancer-causing. But for many asthma sufferers, the smoke from cigarettes is so unbearable, it feels like they’re being choked to death!

“Staying smoke and scent free is an easy way to improve the air quality in your home or workplace,” Asthma.ca reminds us, “Cigarette smoke, wood smoke, and scented products like candles, flowers, perfumes, cleaning supplies, and laundry products can all be asthma triggers. You have the power to keep these triggers out of your indoor spaces.”

Dust and clean your home regularly.

It sounds like a no-brainer to keep your home clean, but you may be surprised to know how quickly dust accumulates. Missing a week of cleaning is as good as inviting an asthma attack – depending, of course, on how severe your asthma is. As Chin Chin of Dengarden.com points out, when dust accumulates in the home, chemicals and allergens accumulate as well.

“Sweep or use a vacuum cleaner to get rid of dust on the floor and carpets at least two times a week,” she recommends, “Choose a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter to make sure that the dust doesn’t get blown back from the exhaust and don’t forget to wash the filter. Mop the floor with plain water afterward to pick up the dust left behind by the vacuum or broom.”

Beware of volatile organic compounds.

Volatile organic compounds (or VOCs, for short) are found in a lot of consumer products. In addition to cigarettes, they are also found in paints, glues, cleaners, disinfectants, air fresheners and adhesives. You’ll notice that a few of the products mentioned are often used to clean and disinfect your home. In reality, such products – the ones that actually smell pretty nice – are causing more harm than good.

“Chemical fumes from products like paints, cleaners, scented cosmetics, and laundry supplies can all trigger an asthma attack or worsening of symptoms,” informs Asthma.ca, “Look for products with the asthma & allergy friendly™ certification program logo to find products that have been scientifically tested and proven to be more suitable for people with asthma and allergies.”

The DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. team is committed to helping you avoid asthma and allergy symptom triggers all year round. For information about our Air Quality Services, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

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How Does The Summertime Impact Indoor Air Quality?

If you’re like most Canadians, you’re counting down the days until summer arrives. By our calculations, we’re looking at about 44 days until the official start of summer on June 21st. You can’t blame Canadians for eagerly wanting the warm and sunny days of summer to return. Our winters are long enough! In addition to the renewed opportunity to enjoy the sun, summer is also a great time of year to freshen up our homes.

Let’s be honest. Most of us keep our homes cooped up all winter long. We keep the windows shut to stay warm – and that makes sense. However, our prevention of air circulating in and out of our windows causes the air in our homes to get stale and stagnant. To improve indoor air quality all year long, it’s important to crack the windows – even it’s just for a few minutes – even on really cold days.

With summer, it will be easier to keep the windows open!

What does that mean for the indoor air quality of our homes? Sure, the air will be fresher since the old and stale air from inside will be able to escape out of the house. However, as many Canadians know, summer is also a season when allergies act up. As explained by Toronto’s SafeAir Environmental Inc., three of the most common causes of summer allergies are pollen, mould and smog.

With our windows open, the opportunities for allergy symptom-inducing pollen to enter our homes significantly increase. It’s the most common summer allergen of all as it emanates from blooming trees, bushes and flowers. It is known to irritate the eyes, nose and throat. Mould can add to this irritation.

“With the warmth and water of spring comes the potential for mould growth inside our homes come summer, which can make for a very unpleasant indoor environment!” says SafeAir, “Any leaks, drips, or musty smells should be thoroughly investigated before they become major infestations, which can seriously harm your health and even the structure of your home.” Their website also alerts people to be on the lookout for smog alerts all summer long.

What can be done to minimize indoor pollutants during the summer?

Having houseplants is a great idea. As we’ve pointed out in numerous blogs before, houseplants are known to neutralize air pollutants. With the summer season approaching, plants will be in a much better position to receive sunlight allowing them to bloom and flourish. Another great idea is cleaning your air conditioner before cranking it up. Keep in mind that its dormant winter-state likely allowed it to accumulate a lot of dust.

“Your air conditioner can be a source of mould and bacteria if improperly maintained,” warns Mississauga’s Applewood Air Conditioning, “The air conditioner coil is continually damp and located in a dark environment. If you have UV lights installed inside of your ductwork, this breeding ground for mould and bacteria will be disrupted. UV rays are also a beneficial for protecting against infectious diseases, as they can damage the physical structure of biological pollutants.”

The DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. team is committed to helping you prevent your allergies from acting up this summer. For information about our Air Quality Services, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

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How To Eliminate Dust Mites From Your Home

They are so tiny, they can’t be seen by the naked eye. But, if we’re being honest, under the microscope, dust mites look pretty creepy! Smaller than 1/70th of an inch, dust mites are miniscule bugs that live in warm, dark and moist locations. They thrive in such areas of your home as the carpets, rugs, drapes, curtains and your bed!

Air your bed out.

One of your home’s locations that dust mites really seem to enjoy is your bed. This might make your skin crawl, but since it doesn’t get any warmer or darker than your bed, you can bet that there are countless dust mites joining you while you sleep at night. In fact, this is why it’s actually recommended that you hesitate before making your bed each morning.

“One of the biggest things you can do to reduce the dust mite population in your home is to stop making your bed,” informs Nicole Faires on EarthEasy.com, “If that’s not realistic, at least let your bed air out after a long night’s sleep before you create the ideal mite sandwich: dead skin inside warm, humid sheets.”

Steam clean your bedding.

Airing your bed out will only help to minimize the dust mite population. In order to eliminate it completely, you need to be a diligent bedding washer. Change your sheets weekly and be sure to wash them in hot water. You may also want to consider steam cleaning your fabrics. According to Gaiam.com, vapour steam cleaning, which heats surfaces with dry steam, kills fungus, bacteria and dust mites.

“Vapour contains only 5 to 6 percent water (conversely, most steam cleaners use lots of warm water to clean), so the vapour steam doesn’t contribute to a moist environment,” reports the website, “Vapour steam deeply penetrates whatever it is cleaning, and it is great for upholstery, couches, carpets, and mattresses.”

Reduce the amount of fabrics in your home.

If cleaning all of the fabrics in your home requires too much time and effort, it may be best to do away with them altogether. All of those soft and fluffy fabrics where dust accumulates are where you’ll find dust mites. We’re not just talking about your carpets and rugs, we’re also referring to your couches and cushions and even stuffed animals and books.

“Switch to blinds, swap out your carpet for a hard floor, and get rid of unnecessary fabric items,” Faires recommends, “Weed through your book collection in favour of an eReader or store all books outside the bedroom in a bookcase with glass doors. Get rid of your traditional dog bed and swap it with a washable blanket. If you must have carpeting, consider a natural fibre wool carpet, which will keep the environment in the fibre drier than other materials.”

At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we know how important it is to minimize dust in the home. Doing so helps to prevent the onset of allergy symptoms and asthma triggers. To get a better understanding of the air quality in your home, contact us to learn more about our Air Quality Services. Please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

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How To Improve Indoor Air Quality When You Have A Pet

There are two types of people in this world. Those who can’t live without their pets and those who want nothing to do with animals. The former group are made up of a wide variety of dog and cat lovers as well as enthusiasts of all types of birds and fish. The latter group incorporates a lot of individuals who much prefer clean and tidy homes without the worry of having to constantly vacuum and sweep up hair and droppings.

“My brother’s dog sheds like crazy,” mentioned one of our colleagues in a conversation earlier this week, “He loves that dog but I can’t even stand petting it. Its fur just sheds all over the place. It’s on everything. And when I leave his house, it’s all over me! I just don’t know how he lives like that.”

What makes pet dander such a big deal?

A house full of dog hair is much more than an unsightly mess. It’s also a cause for concern as far as our breathing is concerned. It should be noted, however, that pet fur and dander aren’t the same thing. As Hamilton, Ontario’s Clean Air Solutions explains, dander is small particles of dead skin that falls off our pets. And they are known allergens.

“Pet allergens (dander, mite waste, etc.) can cause numerous respiratory problems,” informs their site, “The most common problem associated with pet dander is asthma. Occasionally, allergens can cause skin conditions such as eczema. Many people have mild allergic reactions to pet dander, but others can have life threatening complications.”

How can pet-friendly homes be made allergen-free?

To minimize the frequency of allergic reactions and asthma symptoms in your pet-friendly home, it will be important to adopt neat freak-like tendencies. Naturally, regularly cleaning will help. This includes vacuuming areas where your pet likes to hang out and removing excess dander and hair from your sofas and even your clothing. Be sure to dust and wipe furniture and other surfaces as well. And, of course, you’ll want to keep your pet as clean as possible.

“Maintaining a regular grooming schedule for your pets helps reduce dander in your home,” advises JD’s A/C in Longview, Texas, “Bath your pets every week or two, and brush them at least once every other day. You can also use special cat dander wipes to remove dander from your cat. When you groom your pet, you’ll remove much of the dander from its coat as well as loose hair that can circulate through your home and worsen your air quality.”

Where can pet dander be found?

Pet hair and dander can literally be found everywhere. We’re talking about under the sofa and chair cushions, in your bedding and underneath the beds, inside of closets, along the baseboards, in air ducts and even in the cracks and crevices of your flooring and walls.

If you or anyone else in your home suffers from allergies or your notice your guests are having breathing issues, it’s best to get your home’s air quality tested. The DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. team offers Air Quality Services, so please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca to find out how to take advantage of them!

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Preventing Your Allergies From Acting Up This Spring

It’s official! Spring is here! Well, technically speaking, the start of the spring season gets underway at 3:58 p.m. Mountain Time today. With a high somewhere around the 15 degrees Celsius mark in Calgary today, the signs of spring have already arrived! For most Canadians, this is amazing news. For many others, however, it’s the beginning of a nightmare.

Do you suffer from seasonal allergies? If so, you’re likely part of the latter “nightmare” group. Dust, pollen, ragweed and a myriad of other allergy irritants are known for rearing their ugly heads when the springtime rolls around. As a result, many allergy sufferers feel forced to resort to a variety of medications and changes to their daily routines. If this sounds like you, bear in mind that there are a number of ways to prevent your allergies from acting up this spring.

Add alternative remedies to your medications.

If you’re not particularly a big fan of taking meds, you’re not alone. Each and every day, more Canadians adopt natural remedies for their illnesses. Such solutions are often as simple as making dietary changes. So, while many of your prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines may be necessary to help you battle your allergies, Reader’s Digest suggests that you add some alternative remedies to your allergy-fighting routines.

As their website informs, “the following alternative remedies, when paired with your regular antihistamine, may relieve allergy symptoms: a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement that includes magnesium, selenium, vitamin C, vitamin E, and all the B vitamins; a cup of peppermint or chamomile tea each night before bed; or a daily dose of echinacea taken two weeks on, two weeks off.”

Discover your town’s pollen count.

If you’re one of the many Canadians who suffer from allergic reactions to pollen, it’s important that you become aware of the pollen count in your area. On VeryWellHealth.com, Dr. Daniel More informs readers about pollen counts and explains how they are obtained.

“Most pollen counters are placed on the tops of buildings, where they collect air samples through various methods,” he explains, “The pollen in the air lands on some type of surface, such as a glass microscope slide that has been coated with petroleum jelly. A person trained in pollen identification examines the slide under a microscope, and the amounts of different types of pollen are counted.”

Change your air conditioning filters.

Over the course of winter, it is likely your air conditioner stayed dormant. As a result, it is also likely that it accumulated a lot of dust. Before you fire up the air conditioning on a particularly warm day, be sure to clean or change your AC’s filters. The last thing you want is to spread all of that accumulated dust throughout your home.

“It’s important to change filters every three months and use filters with a MERV rating of 8 to 12,” advises Reader’s Digest, “A MERV rating tells you how well the filter can remove pollen and mould from the air as it passes through.”

The DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. team is committed to helping you prevent your allergies from acting up this spring. For information about our Air Quality Services, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

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Do The Right Thing: Bring The Outdoors Inside This Spring!

We’re only a week away now! Wednesday, March 20th marks the official start of the spring season. Throngs of Canadians nationwide are rejoicing at the fact that the frigid temperatures and heavy snowfall of winter will soon be behind us. Not only will we be able to enjoy the outdoors more often, we’ll be able to enjoy the indoors a lot more as well!

Although we have championed the act of cracking the windows throughout the winter many times on this blog, we’re well aware that most Canadians keep their homes fully shut when it’s cold. It’s hard to blame those who simply wish to keep warm and toasty in the winter. However, the lack of ventilation, during the coldest months of the year, make for homes rife with stale and stagnant air.

Proper ventilation is a key to improved indoor air quality.

When the spring arrives, keeping the windows open will be a lot easier to tolerate. Bringing the outdoors inside by way of allowing the fresh air from outside to circulate with the stale air from inside will help everyone in your home to breathe easier. Sarasota, Florida’s Aqua Plumbing & Air reminds us that proper ventilation of the home also comes by way of always using your exhaust fans.

“Make sure your kitchen and bathrooms have exhaust fans to remove excess moisture, unpleasant odours, and pollutants,” advises their website, “An energy recovery ventilation system can also save energy by cooling warm air as it comes into your home in spring and summer. These ventilators work like heat pumps, transferring heat to the outgoing cool air. They also dilute concentrations of contaminants in your home and increase your comfort.”

Houseplants can filter out air pollutants.

Another way to bring the outdoors inside is to literally take plants from outside and bring them into your home. Purchasing houseplants is an excellent idea if you’re looking to purify the air you breathe while at home. Plants are known to rid the air of harmful pollutants. As Hiller Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, & Electrical reminds us, a NASA study confirmed that several types of houseplants have air purifying qualities.

“Houseplants are visually uplifting, while also working to filter out air pollutants,” states the site, “According to NASA’s Clean Air Study on this matter, titled Interior Landscape Plants for Indoor Air Pollution Abatement, you can achieve noticeable air purification by placing greenery every 100 square feet within any given space.”

Clean green.

When dusting your furniture, mopping your floors or even spraying the bathroom to improve its smell, stay away from chemical-based cleansers. The volatile organic compounds in many cleaning products only serve as irritants to our respiratory systems. A clean smell doesn’t actually represent a clean environment. Another way to bring the outdoors in is to use natural products to clean.

“When it comes to cleaning products, fragrance = chemicals,” reports Hiller, “In fact, that pine or citrus fresh scent we’ve come to associate with a clean home is actually just a mask for the chemicals and bacterial transfer underneath. Opt for fragrance-free or unscented products. The last thing you want is to unknowingly pollute the air with the petroleum-based chemicals in the very products you’re using to clean with!”

The DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. team would love to help you enjoy the best possible indoor air quality this spring. For information about our Air Quality Services, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

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