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Hoarding: An Arch Enemy To Indoor Air Quality

Here is some of the simplest advice we’ll ever be able to give you: keep your home clean! If you’re concerned about the air you breathe while you’re inside your home, it’s best to become a neat freak, of sorts. Dust, vacuum, mop, wipe – all of these practices will help you to breathe a little easier.

We admit, however, that being neat and tidy is a lot easier for some than others. Hoarders, of course, are the exact opposite of neat freaks. And to be fair, it’s important to understand that individuals who hoard are generally considered to have mental and emotional hardships. They feel the need to hold on to often-useless items for sentimental value. And, unfortunately, the practice of hoarding can bring about very serious health issues.

Poor indoor air quality.

No home inhabited by a hoarder is one that is safe for breathing. With a multitude of pollutants in the air, you’re unquestionably doing harm to your respiratory system when inside the home. Obviously, a hoarder is unable to unearth the dirt, grime, dust and mould from their homes’ surfaces as they are all covered up with objects. This makes it near impossible to improve the home’s air quality.

“The large amount of dust in hoarders’ homes and the odours and ammonia from decaying products cause serious indoor air quality issues and can result in various respiratory problems – chronic coughing, shortness of breath, inflammation of the lungs, etc.,” explains Luke Armstrong on RestorationMasterFinder.com, “Clutter can even fall on air vents and/or block other airways, causing lack of oxygen and raising the carbon dioxide levels in the house.”

Pest infestation.

If you’ve ever seen an episode of the A&E series, “Hoarders”, you’ve undoubtedly caught gruesome glimpses of homes that are infested with bugs and even rodents. Both the messes and the waste these creatures leave behind create an environment that is virtually toxic.

“Cockroaches, rats, flies, and other pests are attracted to rotting food and animal waste products,” explains Rainbow International Restoration, “A severe hoarding situation can become a haven for pests that spread diseases to the people and animals living in these unsanitary conditions.”

Mould problems.

Our blog has often discussed the health issues that mould can trigger. Combining the stale air produced from a hoarder’s clutter with the high level of humidity that often results from leaky pipes hidden behind all that clutter, you get the perfect situation for mould growth. Not to mention, the spoiled food that is often present in a hoarder’s home adds to the mould infestation problem.

When kept in the home for months, says Armstrong, rotten food can harbour mildew and fungus growth. “This inevitably results in a severe mould problem that can cause substantial structural damage and serious health issues – mould can trigger allergies, damage the respiratory system, and aggravate existing health conditions,” he writes.

At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we know how important it is for the air in your home to be pollutant-free. If you have issues with hoarding or if you’re living with a hoarder, your health is at risk. We would highly recommend a major clean up of your home with the help of professionals, followed up with an indoor air quality inspection.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more about our Air Quality Services. Give us a call at 1-855-668-3131 or email us at info@dftechnical.ca.

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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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4 Reminders Of How To Improve Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality

There are some things in life that just insist upon being repeated. “Look both ways before you cross the street” comes to mind. It didn’t matter how adamant we were on implementing this rule as kids, our parents always offered us this warning when we left the house, didn’t they?

Well, speaking of your house, it’s a location that the DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. team consider to be extremely important. Actually, which location in your life could be more important than the place where you sleep every night and spend the majority of your time? The way we see it, it’s vital that we remind you of some easy ways to improve your home’s indoor air quality.

Here are four reminders:

1. Crack your windows open.

We have a number of full blogs dedicated to this very tip. And with summer on its way, it can’t be reiterated any stronger. You may have had an excuse all winter long to keep your windows shut. We get it – it was cold! But opening the windows during the year’s warmest months will help to air out pollutants and welcome in fresh air.

“Keeping your windows closed traps irritants indoors,” explains HousewifeHowTos.com, “When the temperatures are mild, open windows on opposite sides of your home to create a cross-draft to quickly freshen your indoor air.”

2. Dust with a microfiber cloth.

Traditional dusters simply move dust particles around. A microfiber cloth, on the other hand, traps dust and removes it from surfaces. As HousewifeHowTos.com explains, “feather dusters and Swiffer dusters don’t do a good job getting rid of fine particles. Use damp microfiber cloths, instead, and rinse them often. That way, you aren’t just moving the dust around — you’re getting it out of your home.”

3. Take your shoes off at the door.

Oh, it’s so very Canadian to remove your shoes at the door, isn’t it? But, as Canadians, we find it hard to believe this isn’t a universal rule. Outside surfaces are dirty – let’s just be honest about it. Why would you want to track in the dirt, grass, gum and whatever else is on the ground out there into the house? Nevertheless, many of our south-of-the-border counterparts tell us they keep their shoes on in the house. Trust us on this one – stay Canadian and take off your shoes at the door!

“Who knows what’s on the bottom of your shoes, so be sure everyone removes shoes when coming at the home,” says Rachel Brougham on FamilyHandyman.com, “Use a boot tray or shoe rack to collect dirt, pesticides and other pollutants from making their way into your home.”

4. Get your home tested for radon.

At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we provide Radon Services that are designed to determine the precise levels of the colourless and odourless gas in your home and whether or not they are safe. Radon testing can mean the difference between life and death so it is highly recommended that radon tests be conducted at least every two years.

For more information about our Radon Services, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131. You can also email us at 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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3 Easy Steps To Living In A Healthier Home

This past Monday, most of the world celebrated Earth Day. As we pointed out in last week’s blog, the annual celebration is a reminder that we can all put more efforts into protecting our environment. Of course, it’s also wise to protect the environments within which we spend most of our time – our homes!

Do you wish to live in a healthy environment? Who wouldn’t? Here are three easy steps to living in a healthier home:

1. Crack open the windows.

You won’t be surprised to see this piece of advice on today’s list of tips. It’s one we’ve championed several times over. With warmer weather now here, it’s a good idea to keep your windows open more frequently. There’s likely to be a lot of stale air that has been cooped up in your home all winter long. Let it out! And be sure to have the fresh air from outside circulate with the stagnant air from inside a lot more often throughout the spring and summer.

According to BoneStructure.ca, “even if your indoor air is clean and free of irritants, your home requires a steady flow of fresh air in, stale air out. Today’s new houses are tightly sealed for energy efficiency, but while innovations like triple-pane windows are excellent at preventing drafts and lowering utility bills, they can also prevent a healthy exchange of indoor air with new air from outside.”

2. Test for radon.

Radon is a colourless, odourless gas. Because of that, it can’t be detected by sight or smell. Nevertheless, when it is found in high concentrations, it can be incredibly hazardous to our health. It comes from the ground outside and can seep into your home through its various cracks. In the outdoors, radon is relatively harmless. But, as mentioned, when trapped in tight spaces, it can be dangerous.

Testing for radon is vital to protecting the health of everyone in your home. “Radon tests are important when it comes to protecting your home and improving the air,” agrees Rinkesh on the Conserve Energy Future Blog, “Certain parts of the country have more problems with radon than others. Basements are popular spaces where radon is found. Detectors can be purchased to ensure the air is safe.”

3. Locate and remove all mould.

Mould is gross. Whether of the green or black variety, it is unsightly as it is bad for your health. When mould spores become airborne, they can significantly impact asthma sufferers as well as those who don’t even have respiratory issues. And as BoneStructure.ca points out, microscopic mould spores can multiply rapidly with the presence of moisture and can grow on certain building materials.

“Too much mould in indoor air can mean upper respiratory symptoms like coughing and wheezing in healthy people, and more severe respiratory symptoms, eye irritation and skin reactions for those who are sensitive or allergic to mould,” the website reveals, “If moisture gets trapped in the walls of your house it creates an inviting home for mould—and once this unwelcome guest takes root, it’s difficult to remove without structural work.”

At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., our many health-promoting services include Radon Services and Mould Assessment Services. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

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Making It Earth Day In Your Home All Year Round

This year, Earth Day falls on Monday, April 22nd. The annual celebration of our planet is a reminder that we can all do more to protect our environment. And while it’s vital we all do our part to reduce waste, re-use certain items and recycle others, it’s also important to remember to cut down on pollution. Opting for public transit over driving your own car from time to time is helpful in that regard.

At home, Earth Day should be every day. Consider your home your own little planet and think of the ways you can make it a healthier place to live. For the most part, very simple changes to your daily routines can mean the difference between constantly breathing in air pollutants and living in a healthy environment.

Maintain a healthy humidity level.

During the colder months of the year, we tend to turn the heat way up. Thankfully, with summer on the way, this shouldn’t be an issue. However, where there is heat, there is often humidity. And where there is humidity, there is moisture. So, with that said, it’s wise to keep tabs on the humidity level in your home. Why? Moisture can create mould and mould can wreak havoc on those with asthma and allergies.

“It is important to have a balance of humidity in living spaces,” insists Rinkesh on the Conserve Energy Future Blog, “This means a healthy humidity level of 30-50%. Mould and dust mites grow in areas where there is too much humidity. It is important to monitor this in both homes and businesses to improve indoor air quality.”

Do away with the air fresheners.

We know. We want our homes to smell as fresh as you do yours. But, trust us, using scented cleaning products and air fresheners is not the way to go. Those fresh scents are often indications that you’re breathing in volatile organic compounds. Also known as VOCs, they are harmful gases that are known to cause headaches and nausea as well as irritation of the eyes, nose and throat.

“Long-term exposure can damage the liver, kidneys and central nervous system, and has been linked to cancer,” reports BoneStructure.ca, “These gases, which usually are released in the greatest amounts when a building is new and slowly dissipate over time, are likely the culprit behind ‘new house allergy syndrome’ – the phenomenon in which people experience allergy-like symptoms in a newly constructed home.”

Invest in house plants.

This wouldn’t be the first time we’ve recommended house plants on our blog. And it’s not likely to be the last. In many of our past blogs, we’ve highlighted the fact that NASA studies have found house plants to be excellent pollutant removers. Adding house plants to your home will help to purify the air you breathe.

As Rinkesh puts it, “house plants serve more than one goal in this environment. These plants actually work to improve air quality. You can place plants in various rooms of the home to achieve this goal. Studies have shown that they help produce fresher air, as well.”

At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we like to think of ourselves as year-long Earth Day celebrators! For information about our many health-promoting services which include Air Quality Services and Moisture Monitoring Services, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

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Never Underestimate The Importance Of Vacuuming

We get it. Chores aren’t exactly fun. Activities such as dusting, mopping, washing the dishes, doing the laundry and vacuuming can be made a lot more entertaining if you put on some music. Make it a party! Dance and get some always-needed exercise while doing your chores and your regular cleaning routines won’t seem so mundane.

If the whole “party while you tidy” thing doesn’t work for you, then perhaps it’s best you take a more intense look at the health implications that can ensue when you don’t clean up regularly. Vacuuming, in particular, is especially vital to your health. Believe it or not, the removal of dust, dirt and other home contaminants is essential in preventing respiratory problems and the onset of allergy symptoms.

There is more than just dust in your carpets!

Sure, dust can make you sneeze and cough. But when you’re not vacuuming your carpets (where dust easily accumulates) on a regular basis, you’re inviting unwanted visitors into your home – literally. Dust mites and other microorganisms feed off of the skin you shed every day. You may not notice it, but you shed a lot of skin all day long.

“A human sheds over 1 million skin cells per hour,” reveals Jason Roberts on an infographic provided by VacuumsGuide.com, “Every year, these mingle with airborne dust (soil particles) and accumulate to several pounds into carpets, rugs and furniture. They provide a great developing environment for lots of dangerous microorganisms.”

California-based professional carpet cleaners, Chem-Dry of Fair Oaks/Folsom corroborates this point. “When a carpet is not cleaned regularly, microorganisms tend to grow quickly and this can become an issue for those who are sensitive to allergens or who have asthma,” reads their website, “Dust particles and other micro substances that can become clogged within the fibres of the carpet can get stirred up and airborne every time someone walks across the room.”

Do you eat in the living room?

If so, you’re like most Canadians. It’s fun to plop in front of the television to watch the game or catch up on your favourite show during dinner time. And for everyone who partakes in the popular “watch while you eat” routine, it’s important to know just how dirty your floors are!

You may think you picked up every rice grain. You may assume you’ve swept up all of the crumbs. But living room eaters always leave food behind. And food in your carpets equals an illness waiting to happen.

“Dropped food is wasted food,” Roberts insists, “There is no 3 second, 5 second or 7 second rule. Dropped food gets infected with bacteria instantly…you could get Salmonella, Campylobacter, E-coli or several other viruses that will affect your digestive system.”

There are two things to draw from this information. 1) Never eat food that drops on the floor and 2) Vacuum the carpets of rooms you eat in right after eating!

How clean is your home?

At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we’d like to help you get a much better understanding of how clean your home really is. Assessing its air quality is a great step towards ensuring better health for all who live in it. 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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