Checking Your Indoor Air Quality

If you’re a homeowner, one of the many things on your home’s to-do list should be an assessment of your indoor air quality. However, checking that your indoor air quality is of a high level isn’t as simple as a good sniff in each room or opening the windows wide on a breezy day – both those methods can hide or increase poor indoor air quality, and it’s important to hire a professional to ensure that you and your family remain safe and healthy indoors.

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New House Smell and Indoor Air Quality

new house smell - indoor air qualityBuying a brand new house or car is one of the biggest purchases you are ever likely to make, and buying brand new – instead of used – can mean you get exactly what you want, whether it be granite countertops, or that perfect shade of red. One of the features some people like (and dislike) about these brand new things, however, is the immediately recognizable scent that comes along with new things.

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Transit Indoor Air Quality

toronto transit air qualityAs we’ve already seen this month on the blog, as we head back to school and work our indoor air quality can be effecting how well we are able to perform our jobs or how our children do their schoolwork. But good indoor air quality isn’t just limited to the buildings that we live and work in – a worrisome study released in spring 2017 looked at the indoor air quality of riders on the Toronto Transit Commission, or TTC. What they found wasn’t exactly the best news for your lungs.

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Your Photocopier and Indoor Air Quality

If you work in an office, it’s likely you have a photocopier somewhere nearby. Ubiquitous in the modern office, this machine can be your best tool when getting your work done – when it’s working that is. Most now also function as fax machine, scanners, and staplers, but they can also be a significant source of indoor air quality pollution in your home or workplace.

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School Indoor Air Quality

school indoor air qualityAs our kids (big and small) return back to the hallowed halls of academia, pulling on backpacks and sharpening pencils, the indoor air quality of their learning environment certainly isn’t on their minds. A school both new and old can have harmful indoor air quality that may be affecting your child’s ability to learn as well as their health. Most people know that outdoor air pollution is bad for our health, but in indoor environments, pollutants that affect indoor air quality can be two to five times higher than outdoor levels. Since we all spend nearly 90% of our lives indoors, making sure that the indoor air quality of our schools is beneficial to both our children and their teachers.

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How your Air Conditioner Helps Improve your Indoor Air Quality

air conditioner air qualityThe air conditioner in your home likely doesn’t turn off until the end of September when the cool air of autumn finally begins to arrive in the GTA. After running your air conditioner all summer long, it’s a good idea to pay attention to your unit so that it’s giving you the best indoor air quality that it can.

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Indoor Air Quality when Living Near A Landfill

As the hot days of summer drag on, there can sometimes be a funny whiff on the breeze – especially on garbage collection night, when trash has been sitting on the curb for hours in the hot sun. For some folks, however, that foul scent might be lingering, garbage night or not. If there’s a funny smell persisting in your indoor air quality, it could from something other than rotten leftovers. Your indoor air quality could be affected by a local landfill site. Continue reading

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Your Pets and Indoor Air Quality

Our furry four-legged friends bring us a lot of joy. Like a bad dating website advertisement, there are lots of long walks, snuggling during your favourite TV show, and laughter. But pets could also be having a negative impact on your indoor air quality, leading to allergies and other health symptoms and diseases, like asthma.

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Wildfires & Indoor Air Quality

With wildfires raging for the past few weeks over parts of British Columbia, the importance of good indoor air quality is one of the issues many families are facing.

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Improving Office Indoor Air Quality

It’s Monday morning and you’ve just arrived at the office. You put down your bag, slide into your seat and take a big breath of… stale office air. You know the scent: old cardboard, the Xerox machine chugging away, dust frying on the florescent lights. However, your office’s indoor air quality could be affecting more than just your mood – it could be affecting your productivity or even your health. As an employee or business owner, improving the indoor air quality of your workplace can do more than lift the spirits of your employees or be another corporate wellness ploy – in fact, it’s serious enough that both Syracuse University and Harvard University are both studying the indoor air quality of offices to see how it affects the workers that use them.

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