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Can Acupuncture Help You To Quit Smoking?

Cigarette smoking is, without question, one of the absolute worst things you can do for your health. You don’t need us to list the statistics. It’s common knowledge that the filthy habit leads to the development of fatal lung cancers. And while the understanding that smoking is bad for you – to put it mildly – is widespread, there are still many Canadians who light up each and every day.

Cigarette smoke is so deadly that it has been known to kill people who don’t even smoke! “Every year in Canada, second-hand smoke causes 800 deaths from lung cancer and heart disease in non-smokers,” reports Canada.ca, “If you are a smoker, avoid smoking around others, especially children, pregnant women and people with breathing problems.”

Acupuncture is often listed as a top quit-the-habit technique.

For many people who are unfamiliar with the treatment, acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely thin needles into different points of the body. The objective is to stimulate and improve the flow of energy to particular areas. While acupuncture may appear to be painful, it’s known as a painless technique.

“Acupuncture’s origin is embedded among traditional Chinese medicinal concepts,” explains Healthline.com, “Some of the earliest examples of metal needles have been found dating back to 113 B.C. This Eastern approach once lost credibility in the medical world. It is now more commonly accepted throughout the Western world due to improvements in acupuncture techniques, along with extensive research findings.”

How does acupuncture help people to quit smoking?

According to Cathy Wong on VeryWellMind.com, studies have shown that acupuncture helps for smokers to reduce their cravings. “One five-year study in Hong Kong of 5,202 smokers concluded that acupuncture was both an effective and safe method to help smokers quit,” she reveals, “The study notes that the number of cigarettes per day decreased and that the average time to relapse was 38.71 days, which was longer than 35 days in E-cigarette and 14 days in nicotine patch.”

Acupuncture treatments that are designed to help patients quit smoking are quite unique. Wong explains that the hair-thin needles are inserted into various points of the ear where they remain for about 20 minutes. In some cases, the acupuncturists will provide their patients with tiny balls, no larger than the tips of ballpoint pens. They are taped using invisible tape to the ear.

“When a craving for cigarettes hits, the smoker is instructed to press gently on the ball, which stimulates the acupuncture point,” she details, “The number of acupuncture sessions made a significant impact on success, with most people receiving eight sessions within the first month.”

Why is it so important to quit smoking?

This is a silly question. We all know why! Kicking the habit is a life-saving decision. It won’t just save your life, but it will dramatically improve the chances of living disease-free for everyone in your household. You couldn’t possibly make your indoor air quality any worse than by lighting up a cigarette. Quitting will help to vastly improve the air in your home.

At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we’d like to help you learn more about 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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3 Best Practices For Keeping Your Home Clean All Autumn Long

Over the past couple of weeks, our blog has been doling out summer-based cleaning ideas. Admittedly, our last two blogs were partly posted in an attempt to continue to celebrate the summer and elongate it in our own unique way. Alas, we have absolutely no control over time and here we are, in the last week of August. Sadly, summer is about to end. Next week, school will open and summer vacation will officially be over.

We suppose that today is as good a day as any to offer up some suggestions for keeping your home clean all autumn long. After all, the fall is almost here!

Here are three best practices:

1. Clean those oft-forgotten areas of the home.

How often do you move your furniture away from the wall so that you can vacuum behind it? Our desks, beds, night tables and chests of drawers are often kept in place all year round. What that means is you have dust collecting in abundance. Do yourself a favour and start cleaning the areas of your home that rarely see a vacuum, broom or mop. On QuickAndDirtyTips.com, Bruce and Jeanne Lubin remind us that chandeliers are rarely ever cleaned.

They offer a very unique cleaning strategy. “First, make sure the light switch is off,” they instruct, “Next, lay a blanket or upside-down umbrella underneath the chandelier to catch any drips or falling pieces. Now mix 1/2 cup lemon juice with 1½ cups water in a jar. The crystals clean themselves—all you have to do is bring the jar up to each one and dip it in, then let it air-dry.”

2. Start a winter wipe down.

Yes, we know that autumn hasn’t even begun yet. But your fall cleaning routine needs to incorporate methods of ensuring that the forthcoming winter is one when your home offers you the purest air to breathe. Doing that requires what HouseBeautiful.com calls a “winter wipe down”.

“To prevent winter bugs being passed via germ-ridden hands, ensure that all surfaces are properly cleaned with an anti-bacterial cleaning fluid…going further than focusing on kitchen and bathroom surfaces,” recommends the site, “For example, if a door is being regularly used it’s likely to pick up all sorts of germs that can easily pass through body contact. This is especially important if children are around.”

3. Throw orange peels in the fireplace.

We know this may sound like a weird suggestion. Firstly, we admit that it is less of a cleaning technique and more of a way to maintain high indoor air quality during the colder months of the year. In the past, we have championed the cause of ignoring your fireplace because burning firewood emits several toxic compounds into the air. As the Lubins reveal, orange peels are much healthier alternatives to firewood.

“The best thing to use as kindling in your fireplace isn’t newspaper (or printed out emails from your ex),” they write, “It’s orange peels! Orange (and lemon) peels smell delicious when they burn, and they contain oils that not only make them burn longer, but help ignite the wood around them. Finally, they produce less creosote than paper, which will help keep your chimney clean.”

At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we’d like to offer you and your family the gift of clean air inside your home this fall. 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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Keeping Your Home Clean All Summer For Easy Breathing

We know what you’re thinking. The summer will soon be over. Well, if you’re like most Canadians, that thought is quite harrowing. So, we’d prefer to see things a little differently. We still have two more weeks to enjoy the summer! Yes, we know that the official end of the season, this year, comes on September 23rd. But, for many people, summer comes to a close the day school starts. Enjoy it while you can!

One way to ensure that you enjoy the rest of summer is to take steps in maintaining your health. No one likes being sick. And being sick during the summertime is the absolute worst! Believe it or not, you are taking great steps towards living illness-free during the warmest month of the year when you keep your home clean. Adhering to simple, everyday cleanup routines is an excellent way to rid your home of pollutants and other respiratory system irritants.

For example, in last week’s blog, we highlighted the need to stop using chemical-based cleansers. Doing so will help you to avoid eye and nose irritation, headaches, dizziness, vomiting and the worsening of asthma symptoms. So what are the best ways to keep your home clean all summer?

Vacuum regularly.

The summertime encourages us all to go outside more often. And that’s great! We all need fresh air and the vitamin D provided to us by the sun. However, the more we go outside, the more dirt that accumulates on our shoes to bring home with us. Naturally, it’s important to stick to the Canadian tradition of removing your shoes before entering the living spaces of your home. However, there is still bound to be dirt on your floor. Be sure to vacuum it regularly.

According to New Jersey’s Air Group, “a vacuum is your friend. You can use a vacuum to suck up a lot of the dirt, debris, and dust that builds in and around your appliances before it blows out into the air. Also remember to change all filters regularly. You can also schedule to have your ducts cleaned. This doesn’t need to be done very often, but if you haven’t had it done since you’ve been in your home, it’s a good idea to check into it.”

Change your air filters.

We understand if you like to use your air conditioner. Some people just aren’t into the heat and humidity that summer brings along. If so, remember that you are utilizing a system that blows air throughout your home. That systems needs to be maintained so as to minimize that amount of dust and other pollutants that are being blown around your residence. Check on your air filters and change them whenever necessary.

According to Lorry on EBlogin.com, air filters should be changed every month. “Your air filter is an effective tool that protects your home from indoor air pollutants and allergens,” she explains, “In addition, proper ventilation in your home can maintain optimal air quality. Check the vent fans in your bathroom and kitchen areas to ensure that they are working at optimal levels.”

At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we’re committed to helping you enjoy high indoor air quality in your home all 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 Ways To Keep Indoor Air Quality As High As Possible All Summer

For most people, enjoying the summer means spending as much time out and about in the sun as possible. And, for others, it means taking the opportunity to relax and unwind at home. For those who enjoy the comforts of their own homes, it’s important to note that the quality of the air you breathe should be kept at the highest level possible all summer.

Here are three ways to do that:

1. Keep the windows cracked.

Canadians have an interesting problem and an even more interesting way of dealing with it. The winters are too cold. So we shut the windows and turn up the heat. Our summers tend to get pretty hot. So we shut the windows and turn on the air conditioner. No matter the season, to better your indoor air quality, it’s best to crack open those windows and allow the air from outside to circulate with the air from inside.

New Jersey’s Air Group explains just how important it is to ventilate your home. “Most HVAC systems do not automatically bring fresh air in, so remember to crack a window or invest in a filtration systems,” advises their website, “Try to never use any chemical household products in spaces without ventilation. For instance, if you’re cleaning the bathroom, if you can’t open a window, at least turn on the fan.” 

2. Pay close attention to humidity levels.

When it gets hot and humid, it can certainly make for uncomfortable conditions. However, humidity can also present your home with some mould and mildew issues. Remember that the presence of humidity involves the presence of moisture. When moisture accumulates on the surfaces within your home, it can create breeding grounds for mould and mildew. Be sure to check the humidity levels in your area each day.

“The most humid parts of most homes are the basements, attics, crawlspaces, and closets,” warns Minnesota’s Blue Ox Heating & Air, “Check these parts of your home for signs of humidity like condensation, mould growth, dust accumulation, and wet air. The best way to quickly protect against humidity is by fixing cracks and gaps in your home’s insulation and investing in a dehumidifier.”

3. Avoid chemical-based cleansers.

This is a tip we’ve provided on numerous occasions throughout the history of our blog. We’re willing to bet this won’t be the last time we offer it, as well. Cleaning products with fresh scents are all the rage. But they shouldn’t be. We know that a pleasant smell usually connotes cleanliness. But it doesn’t. Such products are riddled with volatile organic compounds, also known as VOCs. They can cause numerous health issues including headaches and nausea.

“Keep in mind; those lemon or pine scented sprays that we use to clean the kitchen and bathroom smell nice but they are spraying chemicals into the air,” informs Lorry on EBlogin.com, “Examples of these products are fabric softeners, laundry detergents, dryer sheets and air fresheners. Chemicals in these products have been known to cause a variety of health concerns in humans when they are inhaled.”

At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we’re committed to helping you enjoy high indoor air quality in your home all 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 Ever-Important Practice Of Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide is a colourless, tasteless and odourless gas. So why all the attention for something you can’t see, taste or smell? It’s lethal. Because it can’t be detected by our senses, carbon monoxide is a highly dangerous gas that has the ability to take lives. CO poisoning is definitely not an issue that should be taken lightly.

Rebecca Joseph of Global News reveals that, according to the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs, more than 50 people die every year from carbon monoxide poisoning in Canada. The United States has a similar problem. “Unintentional carbon monoxide poisonings account for approximately 400 to 500 deaths (all ages) and more than 15,000 emergency department visits in the United States annually,” says HealthyChildren.org.

How can carbon monoxide poisoning be prevented?

The first step is the understanding of where carbon monoxide comes from. The poisonous gas is a by-product of appliances, heaters and automobiles that burn gasoline, natural gas, wood, oil, kerosene or propane. So it’s vital that all of the above mentioned contraptions are both used and maintained intelligently.

Francis Lavoie is a biologist at the Water and Air Quality Bureau department at Health Canada. “Whenever you burn something whether it’s wood, natural gas, oil, paper or propane, there’s CO produced,” he explains in Joseph’s article.

If you have fuel-burning appliances in your home, it’s vital that they are kept in good working order and checked by a professional regularly. Such appliances include gas water heaters, gas stoves and gas clothes dryers. “Gas cooking stove tops and ovens should not be used for supplemental heat,” insists HealthyChildren.org.

Be wary of fireplace use.

With the summer currently in full swing, this shouldn’t be a problem. But come winter, many Canadians greatly enjoy firing up their fireplaces in order to keep their homes warm and toasty. In truth, this can be a very hazardous practice, especially if the ventilation in your home is poor.

“Check to ensure the flue is open during operation,” says HealthyChildren.org, “Proper use, inspection, and maintenance of vent-free fireplaces (and space heaters) are recommended.” It’s also very important to clean your chimney. If it is blocked, you stand the chance of trapping CO gas in your home every time you light up the fireplace.

Warm up the car only when it’s outdoors.

Naturally, automobiles are kept outside…most of the time. Have you ever warmed your car up while it was still in the garage? This is a common wintertime practice for many Canadians – and it’s a dangerous one. Not only is it recommended that you regularly inspect and maintain your vehicle’s exhaust system, you should never leave your car running in the garage or any other enclosed space. As HealthyChildren.org warns us, “CO can accumulate even when a garage door is open.”

Preventing carbon monoxide poisoning is of major importance for all Canadians. Getting a CO detector should definitely be on your to-do list if you don’t have one already. At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we offer Air Quality Services that detect indoor air quality problems including CO. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

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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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