Why is Indoor Air Quality So Important?

A growing understanding of how our environments play a key role in our ongoing good health and wellness is showing people all around the world how indoor air quality is important. Modern technology and conveniences may have reduced indoor smoke and other pollutants, but our habits and buildings can come with other risks and irritants. Indoor air quality is important because it can affect everything from our breathing to our mood and productivity, and can have both short and long-term consequences.

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Summer Allergies & Indoor Air Quality

After a long winter (and even longer spring), summer is here, which can unfortunately bring with it a host of summer allergies. While we’re happy to see the end of the flu, the sniffles aren’t over for some of us, especially while indoor air quality affects your summer allergies. The worst part of allergies is that we often don’t recover for weeks or even months – unlike the flu, which is usually gone within a fortnight. Many homeowners aren’t aware of how indoor air quality affects your summer allergies and the ways in which it can be improved and adjusted to help reduce their affect.

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Indoor Air Quality Guidelines for the Workplace

Did you know that office indoor air quality guidelines can help you feel more comfortable and healthy at the office as well as help you work more productively? Office indoor air quality guidelines are about more than just having a scent-free workplace. They also help offer employers and employees create a healthy working environment.

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8 Plants That Will Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

Now that spring has arrived, we’re looking forward at SafeAir to seeing our backyards and gardens transform into green, red, yellow and oranges as the earth wakes up – but in our homes all winter we’ve had some extra help with our indoor air quality by growing plants that will improve your indoor air quality. While we all learn as kids that trees help scrub outdoor air clean, our indoor plants also help to reduce the number of harmful airborne chemicals. The good news is that plants that will improve your indoor air quality can be found at nearly any hardware store or nursery – read on for eight of our favourites.

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The Best Spring Cleaning Checklist for 2018

This spring add tasks that help to improve your indoor air quality to your spring cleaning checklist. Many of the common household tasks and spring time responsibilities already help bring you better indoor air quality, but some can actually have the opposite effect, and bring harmful chemicals or pollutants into your home. This spring, get a total home cleanse by following some simple tips for an improved spring cleaning checklist.

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Impacts of Climate Change in Canada

Homeowners across Canada are already feeling the impacts of climate change in Canada, from extreme weather events like flooding and forest fires that threaten homes and lives, to more insidious costs like increased heating and cooling bills caused by temperature fluctuations.  Your home’s indoor air quality and climate change are linked in many ways, making the impacts of climate change in Canada and its role in our health a hot area of research for scientists across Canada.

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Why a Mold Inspection Air Test is Useful in the Winter

Having a mold inspection air test during the winter months isn’t generally top on our lists of winter home concerns. Many homeowners consider mold to be a spring, summer and fall problem, when water events can cause sudden floods or heat and humidity stick around and get trapped indoors. But mold can grow all year round, and a small problem that begins in the winter can grow bigger by the spring and bigger still by the summer months, making an air test in the winter an important tool in identifying mold problems.

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The Worst Pollutants Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality

There are a myriad of pollutants in your home that can impact indoor air quality and cause you discomfort, illness, and even more serious side effects. Having a high indoor air quality is important for your overall health – you only have to look at the literature about smoking to see how something can have a cumulative negative effect. At SafeAir, helping our customers understand what is in their home and how it can impact indoor air quality is one of the first steps to improving the air you breathe, and making for a healthier, safer indoor environment.

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Indoor Air Pollution May be Affecting Your Skin

Winter is tough on your skin, and that seasonal dryness can sometimes be exacerbated by poor indoor air quality. Indoor air pollution and your skin are closely linked, especially in the dryer, colder winter months when we spend more time indoors. Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and unlike your heart or stomach, comes directly into contact with the indoor environment every moment of the day, making a clean and healthy indoor air quality an important part of good health.

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Not So Clean – The Hidden Impact of Household Cleaners on Indoor Air Quality

When you’re busy scrubbing your home to a squeaky clean shine, you aren’t necessarily thinking about the cleaning products that impact your indoor air quality. Regular and thorough cleaning is key to overall health and wellness – but you can inadvertently do more harm than good by choosing cleaning products that impact your indoor air quality. Many of the disinfectants, soaps, polishes, and scents that we liberally use in our homes, offices, and schools, contain harmful chemicals that can cause or aggravate health problems. Even those products labelled ‘green’ may contain problematic ingredients that are better kept out of your home.

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