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open window and snowIt’s probably a safe bet to state that most people understand the concept of fresh air. You open up a window to let it in and circulate with the more stagnant air that is kept inside. It’s not a hard concept. This is why most people happily open their windows throughout the summer time. The warm breeze from outside is a welcome change to the air that was cooped up in our homes throughout the colder months of the year.

Speaking of colder months, they’re coming up. Let’s face it, they’re already here! So what do we do about getting that well needed fresh air into our homes? Naturally, colder temperatures don’t exactly encourage us to crack open those windows the way we did during the summer. So what do we do when it’s cold outside but still want some of that fresh air? According to Robin Konie on ThankYourBody.com, it’s still worth circulating outdoor air in your home in the wintertime.

Should we open the windows during the cold days of winter? “I will open 1 or 2 windows for 10 – 15 minutes once or twice a day,” she reveals, “It generally doesn’t affect my heat, but I do notice a difference in the air almost immediately. (I’ll often turn my heater off during that time so that it doesn’t turn on and push money out the window.)” If you can’t imagine turning off the heat at any time during the winter, you’re not alone. Most Canadians can’t imagine it!

Won’t opening the windows for that long make it “freezing” inside the home? Thankfully, Konie reveals a pretty inventive technique to spare the entire house from becoming a refrigerator. “You can also choose one room, close the heat vents and open the windows for 20 minutes with the door closed,” she explains, “When you are done, close the windows and then open the door to let that fresh air in throughout the whole house.”

What other ways can we improve indoor air quality when it’s cold outside? Not everyone is going bound to be a big fan of opening the windows during the winter. But that doesn’t mean that they’ll be forced to breathe in stale air all winter long. Going green and bringing house plants into your home will go a long way in improving indoor air quality. Konie explains that this works wonders.

How beneficial are house plants to indoor air quality? “In the late ’80s, NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America studied houseplants as a way to purify the air in space facilities,” she informs, “Since plants are nature’s lungs, it makes sense that they would be good to have in the home. Best of all, many houseplants not only filter the air but can also absorb air toxins like benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene.”

Katie of WellnessMama.com completely agrees. Inspired by the same NASA study, she decided to fill her home with plants in order to assist one of her children – an allergy sufferer – to enjoy cleaner air to breathe. Research has shown that many plants are excellent at filtering carbon dioxide, benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene from the air. These plants are also safe for children to be around.

What plants are best for filtering such chemicals from the air? They include aloe vera, English ivy, spider plants, snake plants, Boston ferns, bamboo palms, peace lilies, Chinese evergreens and several different kinds of dracaenas just to name a few. At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we couldn’t agree more than improving indoor air quality throughout the winter is very important.

For more information on how our Air Quality Services can help you, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

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