It’s not uncommon to associate the brisk winter air with freshness. Sometimes, it feels like all you need to freshen up the air inside your home is to open up the windows for a couple of minutes. Yes, even during the cold winter season, getting fresh outdoor air to circulate with the stagnant air inside your home is important. Naturally, it’s important for us all to get as much fresh air in our lungs as possible.
However, during the cold winter months, we are a lot less likely to spend time outdoors. That means that we won’t be getting as much of that fresh air as our bodies may need. On Earth911.com, Chrystal Johnson writes that “studies have consistently shown that indoor air quality is at least five times more polluted than outdoor air quality. During the winter months, however, this percentage can be even higher because we open windows and doors less often when it’s cold.”
Why is improving indoor air quality during the winter so important? As Johnson points out, “breathing in poor-quality air can significantly impact your health, and lead illnesses to last for longer periods of time. It can be especially dangerous for people with respiratory ailments like asthma and bronchitis.” Our blog has centred in on this topic over the past few weeks as there are few topics of greater importance during this time of year.
So how can we improve the air in our homes during the course of the winter? As you may have guessed, it begins with ventilation. As we mentioned before, you should crack the windows and open the doors every so often. But you should also ensure that your ventilation system is up to snuff. “Look into getting trickle vents installed,” recommends Johnson, “These allow fresh air to trickle in to your home, and for polluted air to trickle out.”
What other ways can indoor air quality improve in the wintertime? Another important way is to be mindful of what you track inside from the outdoors. With snow on the ground and salt being spread everywhere to melt the ice, you’re bound to have a lot more debris on your footwear than you normally would. Tracking slush, water and dirt into the home during winter is a common practice in Canada. So how can you avoid it?
Doormats, says Johnson, noting the importance of keeping your home’s floors clean during winter. “Adding a doormat to each of your doors can help reduce the amount of dirt and germs that are tracked into your home on shoes,” she writes, “Also, make sure everyone removes their shoes at the door so any remaining pollutants stay there. Using a vacuum with a good HEPA filter and keeping hardwood floors clean with a microfiber mop can also help.”
How else can the air in our homes be kept fresh without utilizing the air from outside? Investing in plants would be a good idea. As David Suzuki writes on his website, “you don’t have to be an astronaut to know that plants produce oxygen. But what you might not realize is that indoor plants can also absorb contaminants like benzene and formaldehyde (a known carcinogen).” Replacing air filters, using air purifiers and refraining from the use of toxic products will also help your home’s indoor air quality this winter.
Of course, contacting DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. would also be a good idea. We offer Air Quality Services that include thorough inspections of your home or office in order to target areas of concern. The air you breathe in your properties can cause health issues that we can help you to avoid this winter. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.